Apple’s two-year rollout of its own silicon in Macs may be coming to an end, but the future looks bright. Now that the chip cycle is fully underway, the next generation of processors after the M1 is ready to go into production. And according to a Bloomberg report, this could happen very soon.
According to Mark Gurman, Apple has begun “widespread internal testing” on a number of M2-equipped Macs. According to developer logs, nine new Macs with four different M2 chips are being tested with third-party apps in the App Store. There is no guarantee that all of these Macs will be released, but testing them does indicate that a decision on when they will be available is close at hand.
All three Mac models being tested by Gurman run on M2 chips with 8-core CPUs and 10-core GPUs. This includes the MacBook Air, the Mac mini, and the entry-level MacBook Pro. There are also Mac mini and MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro chips being tested, as well as MacBook Pro 14- and 16-inch models with M2 Max chips sporting a 12-core CPU, a 38-core GPU, and 64GB of RAM. All of these models are also being tested. A 12-core CPU and a GPU with 20 or 22 cores are likely to be found in the M2 Pro, according to Gurman.
On the other hand, Gurman points out that Apple is testing an upgraded Mac Pro with an M1 Ultra successor and a highly anticipated Mac mini with a high-end processor, but he cautions that the mini desktop may be deemed “redundant” by Apple. Apple currently doesn’t offer a desktop Mac with an M1 Pro chip, but it does offer an M1 Mac mini and an M1 Max Mac Studio.
According to previous reports, the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini are expected to be released this year. The $1,099 Mac mini and the $1,099 Mac Pro are the only two Macs in Apple’s lineup with Intel processors. According to this latest report, Apple’s next-generation chip may also be shown off at WWDC22 along with the new versions of these Macs.