Mark Gurman from Bloomberg reports that Apple is internally testing several new Mac models with four builds of the next-generation M2 chip. The series of new computers are part of the company’s efforts to deliver more powerful machines with Apple Silicon.
Apple introduce the first-generation Apple Silicon Macs in 2020 with MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 chip. And since then, Mac shipments and revenue have seen considerable growth because of the machines’ incredible fast performance and power efficiency.
Driven by Apple Silicon, Mac sales accounted for $10.9 billion in revenue with a 25% Y-o-Y growth in the Q1, 2022 earning report. Despite a declining PC market, Mac shipments grew by 4.3% Y-o-Y in Q1, 2022. To continue to capture a larger share of the PC and notebook market, Apple is testing even more powerful Mac models.
Apple testing 9 new Mac models and three new Macs with M2 chip are expected to launch in 2022
According to the developer logs, the Cupertino tech giant is testing nine new Mac models powered by the M2 chips with third-party apps. ” The move is a key step in the development process, suggesting that the new machines may be nearing release in the coming months.”
Reportedly, the upcoming M2 chip will be built on a 4nm process manufactured by TSMC and will power the following new Macs:
- MacBook Air with M2 (codename J413) with 8 CPU cores and 10 cores GPU.
- Mac mini with M2 (codename J473) with 8 CPU cores and 10 cores GPU.
- Mac mini with M2 Pro (codename J474).
- Entry-level MacBook Pro with M2 chip (codename J493) with 8 CPU cores and 10 cores GPU.
- 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips (codename J414). The M2 Max chip variant will feature 12 cores, 38 cores GPU, and 64GB of memory.
- 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max (codename J416) with 12 cores CPU, 38 cores GPU, and 64GB memory.
- Mac Pro with next-generation M1 Ultra chip (codename J189)
- Mac mini with M1 Pro chip (codename J374)
- Mac mini with M1 Max chip
However, there is no guarantee that all the models will ultimately release. For example, the Mac mini models with M1 Pro and M1 Max might have been shelved because of the new Mac Studio. Having said that, the report claims that M2 MacBook Air, Mac mini, and entry-level MacBook Pro are going to launch in mid-2022.