Apple to launch M4 chip-powered MacBooks in late 2024

Apple is reportedly planning to launch MacBooks powered by the new M4 chip in the fourth quarter of 2024. According to a report by MacRumors, Apple analyst Ross Young suggested that the Cupertino-based tech giant could start producing refreshed 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in the third quarter of 2024, indicating a potential launch later this year.

Apple introduced the M4 chip alongside the new iPad Pro model at its “Let Loose” event last month. The M4 chip is described as “an outrageously powerful chip for AI,” featuring a new neural engine specifically designed to handle artificial intelligence workloads.

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The report states that the 14-inch MacBook Pro model will be refreshed with the M4 chip, while the 16-inch model will offer options for the new M4 Pro and M4 Max chips, both expected to be unveiled alongside the devices. Apple is also planning to launch an M4-series chip-powered Mac mini, which will likely have options for the baseline M4 chip and the M4 Pro chip. However, the MacBook Air, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro are not expected to receive the M4 update until next year. There is currently no information regarding an M4-powered iMac model.

Apple is also expected to upgrade the MacBook line with OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) display panels. However, this change is not anticipated for models released this year or next year. While Apple has introduced OLED displays for the iPad Pro this year, similar upgrades for MacBooks are not expected until 2026.

OLED displays offer improved image quality compared to LCD and LED displays. Currently, Apple uses mini-LED displays on the MacBook Pro models, which are significantly better than traditional LED displays but do not match the quality of OLEDs.