COVID-19 could mean no new 13-inch MacBook Pro at WWDC22

2020 M1 13 Inch Macbook Pro Lifestyle
2020 M1 13 Inch Macbook Pro Lifestyle (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple had been rumored to have a new MacBook Pro refresh ready for WWDC22.
  • A new report notes that ongoing factory closures in China could have put paid to this week's release.
  • The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is expected to look similar to the current 2020 model but without the Touch Bar.

Apple's rumored M2-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro might not make a WWDC22 announcement, according to a new report. The machine, which was rumored for an announcement alongside a new MacBook Air, might have to wait thanks to COVID-19.

Writing in his weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports that the 13-inch MacBook Pro refresh may have been delayed due to ongoing manufacturing issues in China. Local COVID-19 lockdowns have caused manufacturing to stall at various times, with Apple's WWDC22 lineup potentially affected.

The new machine, whenever it does arrive, is expected to usher in the next generation of Apple silicon while using the familiar chassis that has been used for the last couple of years. The new refresh is expected to do away with the Touch Bar, however.

A faster 13-inch MacBook Pro had also been planned to launch around the same time as the new Air, but those same lockdowns in China could have thrown off that part of the road map as well. When that machine does launch, expect it to look the same as the current 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020 sans the Touch Bar.

Apple is still expected to announce a new MacBook Air using the same M2 chip, with the news that the Apple Store has gone down ahead of the WWDC opening keynote adding further fuel to the suggestion hardware is on the way.

The WWDC22 event is expected to give us our first look at iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16 with betas likely to be made available to developers following the event. The rest of the world will need to wait until later this fall to get their hands on the software.

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.