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M3 MacBook Pro & MacBook Air edge closer to early 2024 release

2022 MacBook Air

Apple's M3 lineup is getting closer to launch, with updated MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models hitting important engineering test stages as they head towards mass production.

The M3 range of Mac models is widely anticipated to arrive soon, with many looking towards the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines for potential upgrades. In one report, it seems that both MacBook Pro models and MacBook Air units are arriving at very important stages of the production process.

According to Mark Gurman in his "Power On" newsletter for Bloomberg, the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro equipped with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips are at the DVT stage. Standing for Design Validation Test, the stage is one that's close to the start of the models entering mass production.

Gurman believes that the progress points to a launch between early 2024 and spring 2024. If accurate, this roughly coincides with the January 2023 release of the 14-inch and 16-inch M2 MacBook Pro models. The 2023 flagship MacBook Pro models arrived 14 months after the M1 models hit shelves.

The 13-inch MacBook Air and 15-inch MacBook Air are a little behind the Pro models, having just entered EVT, or Engineering Verification Test. Gurman offers the timing would put the models as releasing between the spring and summer of 2024.

The report doesn't bode well for an Apple Silicon product launch before the end of 2023, as other leakers have proposed a fall launch seems unlikely for the M3 generation at all.