MAC: Apple has been transitioning away from Intel processors and toward its own Apple Silicon chips since 2020, but this year could be the year when it really kicks into high gear. That’s because, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple might release up to seven new Macs in 2022, marking the company’s biggest redesign in years.
Gurman lays out what we might expect in the months ahead in his weekly Power On newsletter. It’s enticing reading if you’re thinking about upgrading your Mac.
A diversity of chips
According to Gurman, the chips that power these next Macs could be quite diverse. Apple’s computers are currently powered by the M1, M1 Pro, or M1 Max microprocessor (there are also a few straggler Macs on older Intel processors).
We can expect the M1 Pro and M1 Max to remain popular this year, as well as the M2 chip and “superpowered versions of the M1 Max,” as Gurman describes them. That means no new M1 Macs will be released in 2022, as the M2 will take its place.
That’s a lot of chips and a lot of new Macs. Here’s how Gurman believes the new lineup will look:
- A new Mac Mini with an M1 Pro chip
- An entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 chip
- A Mac Mini with an M2 chip
- A 24-inch iMac with an M2 chip
- A redesigned MacBook Air with an M2 chip
- A larger iMac Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options
- A half-sized Mac Pro with an Apple Silicon chip that will be powered by the equivalent of either two or four M1 Max chips
When will these new Macs launch?
Despite having such a large Mac lineup, reports predict that Apple may only announce one or two new machines at its next event, which is expected to take place on March 8. So, what kind of release schedule can we expect in the coming months?
Apple is expected to unveil at least one new Mac during its March 8 presentation, according to Gurman. A 5G-enabled iPhone SE and a new iPad Air could be unveiled at this presentation. The high-end Mac Mini and an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro are the most likely options for the Mac.
This is due to the fact that the 13-inch MacBook Pro has been waiting for an upgrade since November 2020, while the high-end Mac Mini, which is still powered by Intel CPUs, has been idle since October 2018. However, it would be strange for Apple to release an M1 Pro Mac after one with an M2 chip, implying that the Mac Mini is more likely to be released during the March event. It’s possible that the iMac Pro will come next. The 24-inch iMac hasn’t been updated in over a year, and there’s been no evidence of an upgrade for its high-end sister in that time. However, rumors are circulating that the iMac Pro will be released soon, so keep your eyes peeled.
The new Mac Pro could possibly debut in June, coinciding with Apple’s annual WWDC event. Developers and more demanding consumers, who are the Mac Pro’s primary target audience, are the focus of this event. There are two chip variants for this device: one with 20 CPU cores and 64 graphics cores, and the other with 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores.
Gurman also mentions that the M2 MacBook Air may not be released until the holiday season, because it would be a hot item at that time.
According to Gurman, the M2 processor will be slightly quicker than the M1, with an eight-core CPU but a GPU with nine or ten cores, as compared to the M1’s seven- and eight-core possibilities. The M2 Pro and M2 Max, as well as an entry-level M3 chip, could arrive in 2023.
As a result, the next year or two could be a watershed moment for the Mac. While Apple’s computers were forgotten and despised only a few years ago, 2022 might be a true renaissance for the company.