There's one big reason that creative professionals – particularly designers, animators and video editors – are attracted to MacBook Pros: their blisteringly fast performance. Now that Apple's in the business of making its own chips, their ability to run resource-intensive software like Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro is far superior to cheaper laptops. And in a profession where time is money, that means they're well worth the extra investment.
With that in mind, though, if you're looking to buy a new MacBook Pro in the near future, you may want to wait a couple of months. And yes, we know that there was a new MacBook Pro fairly recently - read our MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2) review to find out what we thought of it.
Why do we think you should wait? Well, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who's normally a reliable source on Apple's plans, has revealed in his newsletter (opens in new tab) that new versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro could arrive as soon as the autumn.
So what will be new here? Well firstly, the new MacBook Pros aren't expected to change much in terms of their design, which only recently had a refresh. The main difference, though, is a big one: they'll incorporate the new M2 Pro and M2 Max processors, which Apple are aiming to release in Q3 2022.
We don't know much about these chips' capabilities yet, but it's a fairly sure thing they'll boost speed and performance significantly. More specifically, Gurman says: "Look for much of the focus to be on the graphics side, just like with the standard M2." That of course will be music to the ears of creative professionals, not to mention keen gamers.
Gurman also suggests the new chips will boost power efficiency and battery life, which seems like a reasonable assumption.
Should you wait?
The new MacBook Pros are an exciting prospect, but as always with Apple leaks, we should sound a note of caution.
According to Gurman, it's unclear when the new laptops will actually land: they're scheduled to arrive any time between autumn and spring 2023. And in a world still struggling with supply chain issues, there's no guarantee even that will happen. So if you're in desperate need of a MacBook now, it's probably not worth waiting around too long.
After, Apple's existing line-up is still pretty darned impressive, with the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) topping our list of the best laptops for graphic design.
Be aware, too, that the MacBook Air range has been growing increasingly powerful of late. And so the new MacBook Air (M2, 2022) and the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) are also worth a look, even for professional creative work.