Apple could keep us waiting until 2023 for new Mac Pro and iMac Pro

Apple could keep us waiting until 2023 for new Mac Pro and iMac Pro

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Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR orders start Tuesday
Apple's high-end desktops won't come this year, one analyst says.
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Apple has a whole bunch of exciting Mac upgrades planned for 2022, according to recent rumors. But if it’s a new Mac Pro or iMac Pro powered by Apple silicon you’re after, you could be waiting until next year.

One analyst, who has proven reliable in the past, doesn’t expect to see refreshes to Apple’s high-end desktops until 2023. But he does believe a more powerful Mac mini and a new 27-inch Apple display are coming this year.

Want a Mac Pro or iMac Pro? Keep waiting.

Apple’s big spring event is just a day away, and recent reports predict that it will bring at least one new Mac model powered by Cupertino’s next-generation M2 chipset. According to one regulatory filing, we could see three.

We expect one of those to be an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro that’s likely to be a lot like the previous model, only faster and even more efficient. If we’re lucky, we could also see upgrades to the MacBook Air and Mac mini.

Both of these machines should see M2 upgrade this year. And indeed, Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities expects a “more powerful Mac mini” to debut in 2022, according to his latest Twitter posting.

However, it’s not yet clear if we’ll have to wait longer for a new Mac mini and MacBook Air. One thing we can be sure of, Kuo says, is that Apple won’t be delivering Mac Pro or iMac Pro upgrades in 2022.

Mac Pro and iMac Pro to come in 2023

Instead, we’ll have to wait until 2023 for new versions of Apple’s most powerful desktops, Kuo said. But Cupertino has other surprises up its sleeve that will ensure we keep handing over our hard-earned cash in the meantime.

Kuo predicts that 2022 will bring a new 27-inch Apple display that will be more affordable than the ultra-pricey Pro Display XDR. It is expected to skip mini-LED technology — likely in favor of regular LCDs instead — to be more affordable.

That’s all the details we have at this point, but it’s not the first time we’ve heard that Apple is working on new external displays — or that one of them could appear soon.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has also been a reliable source in the past, reported over the weekend that he “wouldn’t rule out” a preview of a new Apple display during tomorrow’s event. “I’m told Apple actually completed work on it months ago,” he added.