In a new report, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg claims that Apple is developing a new Mac Pro with next-generation M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme chips.
Apple commenced the two-year transition period of Macs from Intel processors to Apple Silicon in 2020 with the launch of the 13-inch M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Except for Mac Pro, the company has updated almost all Mac models.
At the “Peek Performance” event held in March this year, Apple senior vice president of Hardware Engineering John Ternus teased a future Mac Pro model with Apple Silicon, refuting claims that the company would discontinue Mac Pro after the launch new Mac Studio. He said:
“New Mac Studio and Studio Display join the rest of incredile Mac lineup with Apple Silicon, making our transition nearly complete with just one more product to go, Mac Pro but that’s for another day.”
New Mac Pro might be powered M2 variant which will be 2x faster than M1 Ultra
In January this year, Gurman claimed that Apple is working on a smaller Mac Pro with up to 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores.
Currently, the M1 Ultra chip is Apple’s most powerful silicon which features a 20-core CPU, and 64-core GPU. And based on Gurman’s information, the M2 chip variant powering the “smaller” Mac Pro will have 2x more CPU and GPU cores than the M1 Ultra chip which will make it drastically more powerful to deliver high performance and power efficiency.
Although the journalist did not mention the launch time of the new computer, he previously reported that Apple will launch new variants of the M2 chip in at least four new Mac models in the next few months.
- Mac mini with M2
- Mac mini with M2 Pro
- 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max
- Mac Pro with the M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme
TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that the new iMac Pro and Mac Pro will launch in 2023, making next year’s product lineup very exciting.