Ahead of Apple's WWDC event earlier this week, it was strongly rumoured that the company was set to announce new models of MacBook Pro. Many fans were disappointed when this did not happen; instead it was a software-only event. (The new AirPods were also conspicuous by their absence.)

So what happened to the new MacBook Pro models? It looks like they have hit delays, and may not be with us until the autumn - launching in either the third or fourth quarter of the year.

According to a new report from the supply-chain news site DigiTimes (quoted by MacRumors), production of the new MacBook Pro models has been postponed, which means that the launch will take a few more months. The site's sources predict that Apple suppliers will begin shipments for the new laptops in the third quarter of this year, but this may refer only to components rather than full assembled machines.

What it does appear to rule out is a launch later in the summer.

The screen sizes for the new MacBook Pro models are said to be 14in and 16in respectively, with the new 14in form factor squeezed into a chassis that's no larger than the current 13in model. In other words, the screen goes almost all the way to the edge, something that users have requested for some time.

A while ago, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claimed that the new models would be equipped with a more powerful variant of the M1 chip (likely the M1X or M2) with more processor and graphics cores. In addition, the maximum amount of RAM is expected to increase from 16GB to 64GB.

The delays are not entirely unexpected, coming in the context of a global component shortage. As a result of this there may well be long delivery times for the new MacBooks.

Keep up with the latest rumours with our dedicated news hubs covering the new 14in MacBook Pro and the new 16in MacBook Pro. If the new delay means you don't fancy waiting for the update, pick up a bargain on the current range with our roundup of the best MacBook Pro deals.

This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation and additional reporting by David Price.