Apple’s rumored 15-inch MacBook may feature M2 and M2 Pro chip options, launch in 2023

Apple has, for the most part, played it pretty safe when it comes to display sizes over the last several years. But if recent reports are to be believed, it sounds like the company is about to start shaking things up. Or maybe it’s just testing a lot of different devices right now, and ultimately we’ll stick with what we know for final products.

A still from Apple's event video showing software chief Craig Federighi opening the lid of a MacBook Air

In any event, there’s yet another rumor to keep track of regarding a new product coming down the pipe. Interestingly, it might not even be the same laptop with a 15-inch display we reported about earlier this week! Or it might be. That’s just how these things go sometimes.

This time around, we’ve got the legendary analyst Ming-Chi Kuo weighing in on a potential 15-inch MacBook coming from Apple in the relatively near future. The analyst said in a tweet that he expects mass production of the new laptop to start in the middle of the first half of next year, and it could launch in Apple’s second quarter of the same year. Or later, because nothing is set in stone for a product that isn’t officially announced yet.

Kuo goes on to add that it’s possible this new 15-inch laptop could come in two variants, one with an M2 processor and another with an M2 Pro chipset under the hood. If that is indeed the case, then the M2-equipped model would also feature a 35W power adapter, while the M2 Pro variant would come with a 67W power adapter.

And finally, as one last little detail, Kuo adds that he has not heard anything about a 12-inch MacBook. Yet. That could change in the future, but, for now, Kuo can’t say whether or not that’s an actual product at the moment.

Here’s Kuo’s tweet:

Now, as you can see in the other tweet that Kuo is referencing, this new 15-inch MacBook might not be called a MacBook Air after all. Will it be called a MacBook? Or how about a 15-inch MacBook Pro? Or is Apple going to aim for an entirely new product name with this device, that will slot in between the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

The inclusion of the M2 Pro processor does seem to hint at a MacBook Pro model, though, if nothing else. But we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out.