Apple’s M2 chips and the computer systems they’ll energy detailed in new leak

Apple is reportedly engaged on 9 new Macs that includes its upcoming M2 processors, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. These rumors come sizzling on the heels of Apple releasing the Mac Studio, and its announcement that the the M1 Ultra could be the final chip in its current-gen lineup.

Bloomberg isn’t predicting a alternative for the Studio but, but it surely reviews that almost all different Mac fashions might be getting an improve. Gurman says he’s seen proof of an M2-powered MacBook Air with a 10-core GPU — opposite to previous predictions {that a} redesigned Air would nonetheless have an M1 — in addition to an entry-level M2 MacBook Professional with the identical specs. The 14 and 16-inch MacBook Professionals additionally make an look, together with a brand new Mac Mini and Mac Professional, all rocking next-gen Apple silicon.

A Mac Mini with the current-gen M1 Professional additionally cropped up, although it’s onerous to think about that making it to market now that the Mac Studio exists.

The upper-end machines will reportedly have M2 Professional and M2 Max chips, with the Max having 12 CPU cores and 38 graphics cores (two CPU and 6 GPU cores additional in comparison with the current M1 Max). Bloomberg doesn’t embrace particulars on the breakdown of effectivity and efficiency cores. The M2 Professional additionally exhibits up as an choice for the Mac Mini, and Gurman predicts that the Mac Professional may have a “successor to the M1 Extremely.”

(By the way in which, in case you’re attempting to determine how this provides as much as 9 computer systems like I initially did, it’s one MacBook Air, one entry-level Professional, two fashions of the Mini, two fashions every of the 14 and 16-inch MBP — with Professional and Max chips respectively — and the desktop Professional.)

It’s intriguing that the entry-level MacBook Professional might stick round, and nonetheless be barely differentiated from the Air. At any time when I talk about laptops with my colleagues, they often predict that Apple will quietly discontinue the 13-inch mannequin, on condition that it looks like an sad medium between the Air and the 14-inch Professional. It’s additionally a little bit of an outlier with its Contact Bar, but it surely’s an open query whether or not the successor may have one — the Bloomberg report doesn’t say.

Notably absent from the listing of computer systems is any form of iMac. There’s no point out of a successor to the M1-powered 24-inch all-in-one, or a alternative for the recently discontinued 27-inch iMac.

Gurman says this wealth of data comes from developer logs, which presumably confirmed up as a result of Apple was testing its new computer systems utilizing third-party apps. Whereas it wasn’t onerous to foretell that Apple could be engaged on the following era of chips, it’s thrilling to see proof of their existence out within the wild, and to get early particulars.

It is probably not that lengthy of a wait earlier than an official announcement of at the very least a number of of those computer systems — Bloomberg reviews that “at the very least two Macs” may launch “across the center of the yr.” And would not it, WWDC is on the calendar for June sixth.


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