According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter, Apple is planning to ship many new Macs using an M2 chip later this year. According to Gurman, Apple will unveil a 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, 24-inch iMac, and a revamped MacBook Air, all of which will be powered by the reported M2 CPU.
Apple hasn’t said much about the M2 chip, but Gurman believes it will have a CPU that is somewhat quicker than the M1’s and will use the same eight-core design. Its graphics cores, on the other hand, may increase from seven or eight to nine or ten. Apple may offer Pro and Max versions of the M2 chip in 2023, much as it did with the M1 chip, as well as reveal an M3 chip, according to Gurman.
Apple’s first in-house M1 chip was unveiled in November 2020, and it’s been several months since the M1 Pro and M1 Max were introduced.
Apple has a couple more Macs on the way as it continues to distance itself from Intel chips. These are presumably aimed to push any remaining Intel-powered devices out of its lineup. Gurman anticipates a larger iMac Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip possibilities, as well as a smaller Mac Pro with “the equivalent of either two or four M1 Max processors,” to replace the existing 27-inch iMac Pro. While the Mac Mini already has an M1 chip, Gurman believes it will be upgraded to an M1 Pro (in addition to an M2 variation).
According to Gurman, Apple will unveil new Macs in March, followed by another release in May or June.
At an anticipated March 8th event, Apple is expected to unveil a 5G iPhone SE, 5G iPad Air, and possibly one new Mac. In March, it will also release iOS 15.4, which includes Face ID support for face masks. Apple Watch Series 8 and iPhone 14 aren’t expected until later this year.