Apple recently launched the iPhone 14 lineup and unveiled new iPad models. Now, all eyes are on Mac. According to a new report, a Mac Pro refresh is on track for next year and the MacBook Pro will be released before the end of 2022.
Apple Silicon Mac Pro to replace the last Intel Mac next year
In the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter for Bloomberg, journalist Mark Gurman says that the first Apple Silicon Mac Pro will be released in 2023 and internal testing for the machine has been ramped up.
The journalist says that the first Apple Silicon Mac Pro will include chip options that are 2x or 4x more powerful than the M2 Max. The chips could be called the M2 Ultra and the M2 Extreme. The journalist goes on to say that the Mac Pro will arrive with options for 24 and 48 CPU cores and 76 and 152 graphics cores—along with up to 256 gigabytes of memory. Gurman also shares one configuration of the Mac Pro that Apple is currently testing:
In fact, I can share one configuration of the Mac Pro in active testing within Apple: 24 CPU cores (16 performance and 8 efficiency cores), 76 graphics cores and 192 gigabytes of memory. That particular machine is running macOS Ventura 13.3. Ventura 13.0, the first version of the new macOS, is launching Monday.
As for the MacBook Pro, Gurman says the 14-inch and 16-inch machines will come equipped with the M2 Pro and M2 Max. The M2 Max will have 12 CPU cores—made up of 8 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores—and 38 graphics cores. It will also continue to come with up to 64 gigabytes of memory.
As for the refreshed Mac mini, it will get the same M2 chip that is used in the 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. Reportedly, Apple has also tested an M2 Pro variation of the Mac mini, which would increase the core counts of the machine. Gurman does not know if the Mac mini with M2 Pro will materialize.
Gurman concludes by saying Apple has historically introduced new machines in November, January, and spring, so the refreshed MacBook Pro and Mac mini will likely arrive in the coming months.