Apple is gearing up for another major leap in its Mac lineup with the introduction of the next-generation M3 Apple Silicon.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has a solid track record when it comes to Apple predictions, the M3 Macs are expected to make their debut either by the end of this year or in early 2024.
Apple’s Macs to enter a new era with M3 generation
Gurman’s insights into the M3 lineup come from developer logs of apps running on prototype M3 Macs. He reveals that one variant, the M3 Pro chip, will feature an impressive configuration. The M3 Pro chip is said to boast 12 CPU cores, 18 GPU cores, and a generous 36 GB of RAM. This represents a notable increase compared to its predecessor, the M2 Pro chip, which has 10 CPU cores, 16 GPU cores, and 32 GB of RAM.
The core count for the M3 Pro chip follows a similar pattern to the M1 to M2 transition, with a higher number of efficiency cores while the high-performance cores remain the same. The M3 Pro chip is expected to have six high-performance cores and six efficiency cores, bringing the total to 12. This balance allows for improved power efficiency while maintaining excellent performance.
What makes the M3 chip even more promising is its use of a 3-nanometer fabrication process. This advanced fabrication technology not only enables higher core density but also suggests that the individual performance of each core will see a boost. Consequently, the six M3 cores are likely to outperform their M2 counterparts, making it an exciting upgrade for Mac users.
While Apple enthusiasts can anticipate the unveiling of a 15-inch MacBook Air powered by the M2 chip at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, the debut of the M3 Macs is scheduled for later. Apple is already hard at work developing M3 versions of the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac, which are expected to be introduced in the fall of this year or early 2024.
With the M3 Apple Silicon, Apple continues to push the boundaries of performance and efficiency in its Mac lineup. As the company leverages its in-house chip development, users can look forward to an enhanced computing experience that seamlessly integrates hardware and software, all while enjoying the benefits of Apple’s innovative design and technological advancements.