As we draw closer to October, Apple enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the much-anticipated launch of the new M3 Macs. Shedding light on the tech giant’s progress with the next-generation M3 series chips, a new report states that the M3 chip would feature the same cores as the M2 chip.
M3 Mac mini’s launch seems imminent in October as Apple ramps up testing
After releasing the M2 chip in June 2022, Apple came out with the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in January 2023, which were designed for professionals. The M2 Max is like a stronger version of the M2 Pro as it boasts more GPU cores and memory power. Then, in June 2023, Apple launched the M2 Ultra, which includes two M2 Max chips together in one package.
When it first debuted, the M1 garnered widespread acclaim for its impressive performance and energy efficiency. The M2 chips sparked similar excitement amongst tech enthusiasts and users who have lauded the M2’s advanced capabilities, such as enhanced processing power, improved graphics performance, and expanded memory bandwidth.
Now, with the launch of the M3 series on the horizon, many are eager to see what gains the M3 chip will offer as well as how its potential will translate into real-world applications and whether it will set new benchmarks in the realm of computing power and efficiency. The next-generation Apple Silicon chip is expected to benefit from TSMC’s cutting-edge 3nm fabrication process, resulting in reduced distances between transistors on the chip.
As per the latest edition of Mark Gurman’s “Power On,” newsletter in Bloomberg, Apple is currently testing a new Mac with the model identifier “Mac15,12,” sporting the powerful M3 chip, which could potentially be a new version of the Mac mini.
The M3-powered Mac in testing boasts an impressive 8-core CPU, comprising four high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. Additionally, it packs a 10-GPU and an impressive 24GB of RAM. This configuration closely aligns with the existing M2 version of the Mac mini, but with the upgraded M3 chip, providing enhanced performance.
As reported previously by Bloomberg, the tech giant is scheduled to announce the first lineup of M3-powered Macs in October. These include the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Airs, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the iMac, and the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, in addition to the possible M3 Mac mini.
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