Apple is preparing the M2 offensive. The future range of in-house chips that will succeed the M1 is in the experimental phase in the secret (not so secret…) hidden lab of Apple Park. Bloomberg, which had access to the logs of third-party app developers, explains that the manufacturer has started testing several Mac models equipped with the next system-on-chip (SoC). There are people on the balcony.
Thus, no less than nine new computers are being tested, equipped with four different M2 SoCs. The fact that these machines appear in logs indicates that their development is well advanced, suggesting that a launch is not that far away – even if there is no guarantee that Apple will release them all.
These new M2 Macs are:
- MacBook Air (J413) with M2, featuring an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU;
- Mac mini (J473) with the same M2 chip as the MacBook Air, and another model with an M2 Pro (J474). Models that we already talked about at the beginning of March;
- entry-level MacBook Pro (J493) with the same M2 chip as the MacBook Air, and probably a 13-inch screen;
- 14-inch MacBook Pro (J414) with M2 Pro and M2 Max. The M2 Max chip is said to have a 12-core CPU and 38-core GPU, along with 64GB of unified memory;
- 16-inch MacBook Pro (J416) with M2 Pro and M2 Max, this chip having the same characteristics as the 14-inch;
- Mac Pro (J180) which will work with the successor to the Mac Studio’s M1 Ultra chip (M2 Ultra?).
According to the developer journals, Apple also has a Mac mini with an M1 Pro (J374) chip in its boxes, a machine eagerly awaited by all those who would like a more powerful Mac mini but who do not have the budget for the Mac Studio. A version of the mini with M1 Max would also have been tested, but with the Mac Studio it is a model that would be redundant.
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The new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini are expected later this year, including two models that could be presented this summer, possibly during WWDC.