we expect these Macs in 2023

Never before has Apple released new Macs so early in the year. The 2023 MacBook Pro and 2023 Mac mini, with the M2 chip and its variants, mainly offer better specifications and some other minor improvements compared to their predecessors. There haven’t been any major changes, but does Apple have it planned for other Macs in 2023? In this preview, we look at which Macs Apple will release in 2023, what improvements you can expect, and also what doesn’t seem to be coming anymore.

Looking forward to 2023

Each week in this series of articles, we look forward to Apple’s new products for the coming year. We summarize weekly what you can expect in terms of the different product categories. From the latest rumors to predictions based on the previous versions: with this preview you know what to expect. This week is all about the Mac.

#1 Mac in 2023: we expect these models
The question is whether every Mac in the lineup will receive an update this year. Apple now has several MacBooks and Mac desktops in its lineup, so it remains to be seen whether every model is covered. Here are the models that Apple is (expected to) release in 2023, in order of likelihood:

Apple could also release a new version of Mac Studio, although there are no indications of this. Should Apple release a new Mac Studio, it will likely only be with a new M2 Max and M2 Ultra chip.

Apple is also said to be working on several new external displays for the Mac, with Apple Silicon. For this preview, however, we’ll limit ourselves to the Mac models themselves.

#2 Design of the Macs in 2023

Currently, there is no Mac whose design is so dated that it needs a redesign. The iMac got a major redesign in 2021, and the MacBook Air was next in 2022. So we don’t expect a new design for these models. The only model left is the Mac Pro. This was last updated in 2019 and will almost certainly be released in a new form in 2023. But don’t expect a redesign from it. According to sources, Apple is choosing exactly the same design as the 2019 model. However, it is not a very big surprise. For most Macs, Apple reused the then-current design for the first Apple Silicon version. Only the iMac is an exception, but the Apple Silicon versions of the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini all appeared with the same design from previous years. This means that the Mac Pro will also come with the cheese grater-like design again, possibly in a portrait and landscape version.

Mac Pro 2019 side and front

#3 Performance: new generations of professional chips
In terms of performance, we expect a number of significant improvements for the three models that may be released this year. We’ll go through them one by one with you.

Mac Pro 2023

The Mac Pro 2023 is likely to get a variant of the M2 Ultra chip. Currently, the M2 Max is the most powerful chip in the M2 series, but the M2 Ultra in the new Mac Pro should surpass it. We expect, among other things, a 24-core CPU and 76-core GPU. In terms of memory, you could choose no less than 192GB, although you have to take into account that you cannot upgrade this yourself, as you can with the current Mac Pro. The working memory on Apple Silicon models is part of the chip itself and therefore cannot be expanded afterwards. This somewhat goes against the modular concept of the Mac Pro, although there is still plenty to upgrade yourself. According to sources, there are SSD slots for, among other things, upgrading the graphics. Apple also had a 48-core CPU and 152-core GPU version in development, according to the same source, but that is said to be off the table now.

iMac (Pro)

If Apple does indeed release a new, larger iMac Pro this year, we expect Apple to opt for an M2 Pro or M2 Max chip. As is now clear, this chip offers several advantages in terms of graphics performance. As it looks to be a more professional counterpart to the regular iMac, we don’t think Apple will opt for the default M chip. It would then be saved for the next mainstream new iMac. For that model, Apple will most likely skip the M2 series and immediately opt for an M3 chip. But whether it still reaches 2023 remains to be seen.

MacBook Air 15-inch<.>
So there have been rumors for a while about a 15-inch MacBook Air for 2023. Sources said last summer that this model would be released this spring. If that is indeed the case, we believe that in terms of specifications, Apple will release this model at the same time as the M2 MacBook Air from 2022. An M3 chip is not yet finished at that time and with an M2 Pro chip, this model will become very good again close to 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

iMac 2023 M3 chip

#4 Screen: Larger iMac with mini-LED

In terms of displays, we focus on two possible upcoming models: the iMac (Pro) and the new 15-inch MacBook Air.

iMac (Pro)

Rumors that Apple is working on a bigger and more substantial version of the iMac have been circulating for years now. However, due to the arrival of the Studio Display, it has become somewhat uncertain whether it will still be available and what kind of screen it will contain. At least there has been talk of a 27-inch screen, although we honestly think it’s very close to the 24-inch version. A 32-inch variant therefore seems more logical and is not at all excessive compared to today’s standard. Furthermore, it seems that if this model comes, there will be a mini LED screen. This provides better image quality and brings the technology to such a large Apple device for the first time. Apple already uses mini-LED on the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Techniques such as ProMotion and TrueTone are probably also involved.

If Apple sticks with an M3 version of the standard iMac, we don’t think there will be that big of a change on the screen. The technology used then remains the same, as does the 24-inch format and display functions such as True Tone. We therefore do not expect ProMotion in the standard iMac model.

MacBook Air 15 inch

As the name suggests, the MacBook Air may get a 15-inch version in 2023. To be precise, it would be a 15.5-inch screen, which is slightly larger than the current 13.6-inch version. This means that the MacBook Air is also available in two sizes, just like the MacBook Pro. But apart from the screen size, the quality would otherwise remain the same. It would be an LED display with True Tone and a notch, but not a mini-LED or ProMotion. Because of the notch, the screen edge can be quite a bit thinner than with the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro, so the model itself can also become a bit smaller and still be worthy of the Air name.

MacBook Air M2 2022

#5 Release new Macs in 2023

With two announcements already made, it’s a matter of looking at the calendar to predict when the new Macs will be released in 2023. But it’s harder than it seems, because Apple could announce a new Mac (especially if it’s a special bump). The new MacBook Pro 2023 and Mac mini 2023 have already proven that. Still, we’d like to give it a shot based on recent rumors from reliable sources:

  • Mac Pro 2023: Mid-2023 (possibly before or during WWDC)
  • iMac (Pro) 2023: late 2023 (or early 2024)
  • MacBook Air 15-inch: first half of 2023

#6 Prices of new 2023 Macs

We already have prices for two of the new 2023 Macs, as both models have already been announced. But how much will you pay for the other models when they come out this year? Here’s what we expect from the prices of 2023 Macs:

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