According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple is reportedly developing a new entry-level MacBook Pro that will likely have an M2 chip but lack the premium ProMotion display found on the current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Gurman makes this claim in this week’s edition of his “Power On” newsletter.
The new entry-level MacBook Pro, according to Gurman, is likely to be similar to the updated M1 Pro and M1 Max models that were introduced in October of last year. These machines will likely lack the Touch Bar found on earlier generations and instead have a Touch ID sensor on one of the keyboard keys, along with less powerful processors and storage options.
Depending on the screen size, the base prices for the 2021 M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models are $1,999 and $2,499, respectively. Gurman doesn’t comment on the potential pricing of the anticipated entry-level MacBook Pro, but the device is most certainly going to replace the 2020 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro, which costs $1,299.
One of several Macs with the M2 processor coming soon, according to Gurman, are updates for the 24-inch iMac, entry-level Mac mini, and redesigned MacBook Air.
Later this year, Apple is anticipated to replace the 27-inch iMac with a new “iMac Pro” that will probably have the same appearance as the 2021 24-inch iMac, which was shown in April. The new “iMac Pro” was reported to debut as early as spring, but it is currently anticipated that just one new Mac will be shown during Apple’s planned March 8 presentation, maybe a Mac mini that has been updated with the newest Apple silicon processors.