Updated: February 7, 2022 4:00:22 pm
Apple is gearing up to launch a new entry-level MacBook Pro this year, sporting the new M2 processor. In his latest Bloomberg ‘Power On’ newsletter, Mark Gurman revealed a few details about the new laptop, though he added that it will miss out on the ProMotion display technology. This means that the model will not support a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz, which Apple has also introduced on its premium iPhone 13 Pro series.
The entry-level MacBook Pro will follow its siblings by dropping the Touch Bar. “It’ll be one of many Macs in the pipeline with the M2 chip, including refreshes to the 24-inch iMac, entry-level Mac mini and revamped MacBook Air,” he added.
Apple plans to release at least four M2-powered Macs in 2022 – MacBook Air, a 24-inch iMac, an entry-level Mac Mini, and the aforementioned MacBook Pro. Though there is no mention of a launch window, a previous report stated that the devices should debut sometime this fall, while Apple’s Spring event plays host to the iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5 with the new A15 Bionic chip.
Apple is also rumoured to launch a low-cost external display for Mac users, featuring a drop in brightness and contrast ratio. The monitor is expected to launch at about half the price of a professional-grade Pro Display XDR and would measure slightly smaller as well. The displays are reportedly being manufactured by LG in 24, 27, and 32-inch models, all featuring a 120Hz refresh rate.
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