Apple is reportedly functioning on nine new Macs featuring its forthcoming M2 processors. These stories come sizzling on the heels of Apple ignoring the Mac Studio and declaring that the M1 Ultra would be the final chip in its current-gen lineup.
Bloomberg isn’t envisioning a replacement for the Studio yet, but it reports that most other Mac models will be bringing an upgrade.
Gurman of Bloomberg says he’s seen proof of an M2-powered MacBook Air with a 10-core GPU — contrary to earlier predictions that a redesigned Air would still hold an M1 and an entry-level M2 MacBook Pro with the same specs.
The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros also create an impression and a new Mac Mini and Mac Pro, wavering next-gen Apple silicon.
A Mac Mini having the current-gen M1 Pro is also trimmed up, though it’s hard to envision making it to demand now that the Mac Studio lives.
The higher-end machines will reportedly hold Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, with the Max holding 12 CPU cores and 38 graphics cores with two CPU and six GPU cores extra compared to the current M1, Max. Unfortunately, Bloomberg doesn’t include details on the meltdown of efficiency and performance cores. The M2 Pro also leads up as an option for the Mac Mini, and Gurman implies that the Mac Pro will include a “successor to the M1 Ultra.”
The entry-level MacBook Pro may adhere around and still barely distinguish from the Air. Whenever we consult laptops with our colleagues, they usually foreshadow that Apple will quietly discontinue the 13-inch model. It appears like an unhappy medium between the Air and the 14-inch Pro. It’s also a piece of an outlier with its Touch Bar, but it’s a genuine question of whether the beneficiary will have one.
Notably missing from the list of computers is any iMac. Unfortunately, there’s no comment on an heir to the M1-powered 24-inch all-in-one or a replacement for the newly discontinued 27-inch iMac.
Gurman expresses this wealth of information from developer logs, which probably showed up because Apple tested its new computers using third-party apps. While it wasn’t tough to predict that Apple would be functioning on the next generation of chips, it’s exhilarating to see evidence of their existence out in the wild and get earlier details.
It may not be a that long delay before an official statement of at least a few of these computers. Bloomberg notes that “at least two Macs” could pitch “around the middle of the year.” And wouldn’t you understand it? WWDC22 is on June 6th.