Apple’s MacBook Pro line is more complicated than it sounds, with Touch Bar and no-Touch Bar models still on sale. New M3 upgrades could streamline things going into 2024.
The two larger laptop models are expected to debut with the new M3 Pro and M3 Max chips during the event “frighteningly soon,” according to multiple sources and the ever-dwindling inventory of 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros at Apple’s storefronts.
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Expect a similar form factor to the MacBooks that launched back in January, with mini LED displays that are plenty bright for professional users and get all the ports, but with a meaningful improvement in performance and battery life. The new 3nm process will provide a greater gaming experience, similar to how the A17 Pro enables the iPhone 15 Pro to run Triple-A titles with hardware-accelerated ray tracing.
With the 13-inch MacBook Pro that debuted nearly a year and a half ago, Apple has three ways to go about it:
- Keep the design (including the touch bar) but replace the M2 chip with an M3
- Modernize the design (and remove the touch bar) and replace the M2 chip with an M3
- Do nothing at all