Want an M3 Max MacBook Pro? There’s a lengthy wait ahead – Digital Trends

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If you’ve been holding out for a super-powered MacBook Pro with a high-end M3 Pro or M3 Max chip, you could have a lengthy wait on your hands. That’s because, despite Apple’s plans to launch new Macs later this year, several are reportedly going to miss the cut.
That’s according to journalist Mark Gurman, who claims in a new report that Apple’s flagship 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models are unlikely to launch until the middle of 2024. Worse, the M3 Mac mini might not see the light of day until late 2024 at the earliest.
The news isn’t entirely surprising when it comes to the MacBook Pro. After all, Apple only launched the M2 Pro and M2 Max editions of this device in January 2023 (a date that was reportedly pushed back due to supply chain delays). It would be unusual for Apple to launch two versions of the same laptop in a single year, so the 2024 date makes sense in that regard.
But the news will still likely disappoint users who have been eagerly awaiting the M3 generation of Apple silicon chips, who will have to decide whether to wait to upgrade their Mac or go ahead and buy one now. M3 chips are expected to be a radical improvement over the M2 series thanks to an upgraded manufacturing process, which should result in more performance and better efficiency. The M3 Pro and M3 Max could therefore result in a massive uptick for the MacBook Pro.
The wait for the M3 Mac mini could be a lengthy one, with the potential for it to continue well into 2025. The M3 chip could be almost two years old by that point, which will stretch the patience of anyone waiting for the generational improvement offered by that chip in the Mac mini.
After the M1 Mac mini was released, Apple waited over two years to bring out the M2 version. That suggests the company does not feel the device needs to be updated every year, unlike more popular products like the MacBook Pro.
Still, Gurman explains that “it’s a sure thing that an M3 version of the Mac mini is eventually coming.” Yet he warns that its development is in the early stages, so there could be a considerable wait until it is ready for prime time.
Despite the delays in the high-end MacBook Pro and the Mac mini, M3-equipped Macs are on the way. Last week Gurman claimed that models of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and 24-inch iMac — all bearing the entry-level M3 chip — could launch as soon as October 2023. The wait for high-end chips, meanwhile, goes on.
As great as the MacBook Pro is right now, there’s one important feature that’s always been missing. A touchscreen. It’s something Windows laptops have enjoyed for years now, and many have viewed it as a missing piece of the puzzle for the Mac.
The latest rumors, however, suggest that a solid road map is in place that could potentially end with touch-enabled OLED screens coming to the MacBook Pro.
The news comes from @Tech_Reve on X (formerly Twitter), who indicates that Apple has plans to reveal MacBook Pro models featuring OLED displays in the 2026 to 2027 time frame. These models might come in 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch variants and are also expected to be touchscreen enabled.
After the introduction of the OLED touchscreen MacBook Pro, Apple is expected to push both features to MacBook Air models in 13.6-inch and 15.3-inch variants. This could happen starting in 2026 and beyond, depending on the tentative timeline of the MacBook Pro launch.
According to @Tech_Reve, Apple is working with Samsung and LG as its display suppliers. Each manufacturer has their own updated version of touchscreen technology that integrates the touch panel directly into the display. Samsung’s technology is called Y-OCTA and LG’s is Touch On Encapsulation. However, they ultimately produce the same result, a thinner panel at a lower cost. The current standard entails layering the OLED panel and then a separate touch panel, WCCFTech noted.
The OLED touchscreen MacBook Pro might trickle down from the OLED iPad Pro, which is one of the big Apple rumors for a launch during the first half of 2024. The tablet already has a touchscreen display, so many believe it would be an easy transition to add an OLED screen for a similarly high-end product. Additionally, the rumored 11-inch and 13-inch models are expected to be solid testers for future OLED touchscreen devices, such as the 2026-2027 MacBook Pro.
WCCFTech made the point that the OLED touchscreen MacBook Pro would likely require tweaks to the macOS interface to accommodate for the precision needed when using touch on a display. Notably, the iPad Pro already has the assistance of the Apple Pencil, but there’s no telling how accessories will fit into the equation.
Apple recently introduced new MacBook Pro laptops with the M3 processor. On the surface, little else changed. The new machine sports the same high-quality and minimalist design (albeit with a striking new Space Black color), the same awesome mini-LED display, and the same exceptional keyboard and touchpad.
You might be tempted to think that choosing a new MacBook Pro will be as simple as it was with the previous generation. If so, think again. There are several important gotchas with the new machines that need careful consideration. I list five of them here.
Apple Silicon has gotten much more confusing
MacBooks are among the best laptops you can buy, but there are some critical differences between Apple’s two MacBook Pro models.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro is a relatively new arrival on the market, with a bigger screen size than the now-discontinued 13-inch model. The 16-inch model was a refresh of the existing MacBook Pro, but there were enough changes to call it a new laptop entirely. Both of them are worthy of being listed among the best MacBooks out there, and our review of the new M3 Max MacBook Pro 14 just confirms how great the laptops really are. The question is, which model is right for you?
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