According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple is taking its transition to in-house silicon to a new level with the release of new Macs using an M2 chip this year.
The veteran Apple watcher has released an update in his Power On newsletter that indicates the Cupertino giant will unveil a 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, 24-inch iMac, and a MacBook Air running the M2 chip.
Gurman claims the M2 chip will have a CPU faster than the M1, although slightly. He also says the new chip will use the same eight-core architecture, although the number of graphics cores will increase from seven or eight to nine or ten.
According to Gurman, Apple may debut Pro and Max versions of the M2 chip in 2023 and even announce the next iteration, the M3. “The M2’s CPU will probably be a bit speedier than the M1, but the chip should retain the same eight-core architecture. Graphics may get a boost, though, from seven or eight cores to nine or 10. The Mac Pro chips will come in two main flavors: one that doubles the M1 Max’s capabilities and one that quadruples it. Look for 20 CPU cores and 64 graphics cores on the first chip, and 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores on the second. Based on Apple’s Mac chip history so far, I’d imagine we get Pro and Max versions of the M2 in 2023 alongside the first M3 chip.”
Apple announced the first in-house-made M1 chip in November 2020 and the M1 Pro and M1 Max about a year later. The company is trying to wean itself off semi-conductors made by Intel.
Gurman says Apple will offer a larger iMac Pro using M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, replacing its current 27-inch iMac Pro. We can also expect a smaller Mac Pro using two or four M1 Max chips.
Meanwhile, Gurman is expecting the new releases soon. “And with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips already on the market, I don’t believe the iMac Pro launch is too distant either. While we’ll get new Macs in March, I’m told Apple is already gearing up for another round of Mac releases around May or June.
“Apple will want to drum up developer support for the super-powered Mac Pro chips, so I’d guess that the company wants to debut that machine as early as the WWDC event in June and ship it in the fall. A revamped MacBook Air would be a nice holiday seller, so it makes sense to release it around that time of year—even if Apple had originally planned to get it out the door at the end of 2021 or in early 2022.”
Apple’s Mac business seemed to be on the decline just a few years ago as the company focused on the iPad and iPhone. Updates to the Mac lineup were few and far between. Some of the updates were even disastrous, and many feared the company had alienated its fan base. However, the story has now changed, and it is evident in the company’s revenue recently. Between 2011 and 2020, Apple reported between $21 billion and $28 billion in sales per year but earned $35 billion in 2021, beating the iPad.
Meanwhile, Apple is preparing to release the iOS 15.4, the most significant update to precede the iOS 16. This could happen in a matter of weeks and might match the release of the new iPhone SE and iPad Air. New features and updates include the ability to use Face ID with a mask, a tap-to-pay option, new podcast features, SharePlay, and new emojis. Users will also get Universal Control, allowing one device to control multiple Macs and iPads.