Apple in 2023: iPhone 15 Ultra, MacBook Pro 2023 and everything expected

Apple had quite the year in 2022. It kicked off with the arrival of the iPhone SE (2022) and even fit its M1 chip into the new iPad Air, only to be way outpowered by the M1 Ultra in the Mac Studio. Then we waved hello to the stylish MacBook Air M2 and (lackluster) 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2, but announcements really kicked into gear when we saw the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, Apple Watch Series 8 and Ultra, and AirPods Pro 2.

With the revamped iPad 2022 and next-gen iPad Pro with M2 thrown in, this year has seen the widest array of Apple devices to launch — Mark Gurman wasn’t lying. Sure, it was filled with highs (The M2 chip suits you, MacBook Air) and lows (Is the standard iPhone 14 really worth the upgrade?), but it was an exciting year nonetheless.  

So, what does Apple have in store in 2023? Well, according to the rumor mill, quite a lot. We’re still waiting to ring in the new year, but there’s already murmurs of fresh 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, the iPhone 15 lineup, and even talks of an all-new iPhone 15 Ultra. Oh, and how could we forget Apple diving into virtual reality with the  Apple AR/VR headset?

From the rumored 15-inch MacBook Air to talk of an M3 chip, here’s everything to expect from Apple in 2023. 

 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max 

First on the register is Apple’s highly anticipated updates to the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. This may come as a surprise, as many Mac fans expected to already have the Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in their hands. While 2021 brought us the highly praised MacBook Pro 14 and 16-inch models in October, there was no Apple October event in sight in 2022 — and that means no big laptop reveal. 

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Now it’s widely believed the MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch with M2 Pro are expected to be “coming early next year.” According to a source speaking with Gurman, the updated MacBook Pro models will coincide with the launch of macOS Ventura 13.3 and iOS 16.3 in the first quarter of 2023. We’re thinking some time around March, given that 2022’s March event shed light on the M1 Ultra and Mac Studio.

So, what exactly can we expect from these models? If we’re going by looks, not much. Last year’s MacBook Pro 14 and Pro 16 saw a huge revamp, so it’s hard to imagine Apple moving on from the well-liked design only a year after release. However, we may see a new color added to the mix, much like the gorgeous Midnight MacBook Air.

Real changes are expected to be made under the hood. M2 Pro and M2 Max appear to be the inevitable updates for the MacBook Pro 2023 14-inch and 16-inch models. Gurman states the new models will be getting these new chips, and they’re already looking powerful. M2 Max benchmarks surfaced on Geekbench in early December, revealing performance improvements over the M1 Max.

Apple MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch)

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One of the leaked benchmarks spotted on Geekbench show it hit a 2,027 single-core score and a 14,888 multi-core score. This was under model ID “Mac14,6” and comes with 96GB of RAM.  It runs macOS Ventura 13.2 and also shows a higher base frequency of 3.68 GHz — a step up from the 3.54 GHz in the previously alleged benchmarks.

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