Apple's Mini-LED MacBook Pro notebooks might be delayed until 2022

16-inch MacBook Pro vs. 13-inch vs. Air
16-inch MacBook Pro vs. 13-inch vs. Air (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple's Mini-LED MacBook Pro machines are said to have been delayed.
  • The new notebooks won't ship until 2023 according to one report.

Apple is thought to be planning to release new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro notebooks with Mini-LED screens, but they might be arriving later than many of us had hoped. While rumors did have Apple launching the new machines this year, a new report says 2022 is more like it.

A new DigiTimes preview of a post that will go live tomorrow suggests that Apple's new notebooks will ship in 2022 rather than 2021. Citing industry sources, the reliably unreliable DigiTimes doesn't explain why the delay is thought to have happened. Maybe we'll get clarification when the full piece goes live tomorrow.

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It's vital to note that DigiTimes does have a hit-and-miss record in terms of getting these kinds of reports right, although it does have some hits to its name.

Apple recently released its first Mini-LED product in the shape of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The technology allows for improved brightness and contrast, but it does seem that we won't be enjoying that on a Mac for a little while yet.

The new machines will also feature Apple silicon, although it's likely they will be powered by the decedent of the current M1 chips Macs – and that aforementioned iPad Pro – are using.

The current MacBook Air is arguably the best Mac for most people, but the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the one we're all keen to see. Especially when it has Apple silicon inside and not Intel.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.