Apple's latest Macs should have arrived last year and there's proof

A MacBook Pro 16-inch
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Apple finally got around to announcing new MacBook Pro and Mac mini hardware this week after months and months of rumors. But it turns out they were much later than you might think.

We’d originally been told to expect Apple to announce the M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro notebooks toward the end of 2022, but that obviously didn’t happen.

Now, we have what looks like the best proof yet that Apple had planned to ship these Macs last year — and that proof is Apple’s own video.

Done by the date

Apple released its new products via a press release earlier this week but also shared a new video on its website that effectively offered a mini-event format announcement. But as some eagle-eyed viewers saw, that video was uploaded to Apple’s servers in 2022.

Case closed.

It still isn’t clear why Apple chose not to announce these new Macs in 2022 as was initially planned, but it’s possible that some development hurdles needed to be overcome in terms of those new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. Apple also still has to iron out the M2 Ultra, while it’s said to have canned plans for an M2 Extreme chip.

Whatever the reason, the new Macs are here now. Or at least they will be once they ship to the public next week. We’re still expecting a new Mac Pro to join them within the next few months, finally refreshing Apple’s best Mac with its custom silicon.

Apple also released new HomePod hardware today. The updated $299 speaker will go on sale next month and features new temperature and humidity sensors. Apple will also enable those same sensors in the HomePod mini via a software update set to arrive next week.

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.