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No M3 13-inch MacBook Pro at 'Scary Fast' event, says Gurman

Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Pro

Despite previous predictions of an M3 refresh for the 13-inch MacBook Pro at Apple's October event, a new report says it's still in development and is unlikely to be unveiled soon.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has seemed an oddity in Apple's lineup, despite being updated with an M2 processor in 2022. It's the last remaining MacBook Pro to have a Touch Bar, for instance, and in terms of price and performance, the MacBook Air and the 14-inch MacBook Pro appear to be the better buy.

Nonetheless, it has been reported that a refresh is coming for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, to the extent that it's codename of J504 is known. At points, that model has been predicted for before the end of 2024.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that at one point, as did Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Gurman also recently reported that stocks of the 13-inch model were low, potentially suggesting a looming refresh.

But now Bloomberg has changed its position, and says that it is unlikely that a 13-inch MacBook Pro will be unveiled at the "Scary Fast" event.

Bloomberg says that the model is not ready for launch, and adds only that when it comes, it will have the base version of the M3 processor.

Gurman does believe that the event is exclusively about Macs, however. He says he is not anticipating any AirPods, or iPad updates.

Apple's "Scary Fast" event is on October 30, 2023, and will be streamed from 5:00 PM PT, 8:00 PM ET.