New MacBook Pro Release Suddenly Takes Shape – Forbes

If there’s one way to check your calendar, it’s to look at the release schedule of the iPhone. Year after year (Covid permitting), Tim Cook has taken to the stage in the second week of September, almost always on a Tuesday, to announced the new handset.

Updates to the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air have never been as regular as this. Apple has been beholden to Intel’s roadmap for new silicon, and I suspect that one of the smaller benefits of the move to Apple Silicon is that it gives Cook and his team far more control over the release schedule of the macOS laptops.

This is all shaking out alongside the move to Apple Silicon, but the first marker was set last year; specifically the launch of the M1-powered MacBook Air and low-end MacBook Pro on November 10. There was a general assumption that the coronavirus pandemic had pushed this launch back just as the pandemic affected the iPhone launch, but now I’m not so sure.

The above is the first post-it note on the MacBook Pro release schedule.

The second comes from the year before. Late 2019 saw the first 16-inch MacBook Pro release, which kicked of the fourth generation laptops and the last Intel MacBooks Apple would launch. The date? November 13.

Finally we have Mark Gurman’s reports on the upcoming hardware releases from Apple. While he does not give any concrete dates, the expected launch of the high-end Apple Silicon MacBook Pro laptops, he does say:

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“I bought my MacBook Pro in 2019, and it’s still the latest model. I realized while writing this that the 16-inch MacBook Pro launched in November 2019 is Apple’s newest high-end MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, some hiccups have led to production delays for the revamped 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M1X chips. But they should still go on sale by the time the current MacBook Pro hits its two-year anniversary.”

Apple likes its hardware to have a predictable release rhythm. The last two major MacBook Pro updates (the final intel line, and the first Apple Silicon line) have set the tempo. Now we have confirmation on top of the expectations of the third beat.

How does the second Tuesday in the month, November 9, sound to you?

Now read about Apple’s plans for next year’s MacBook Pro screen…

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