Thursday, Feb 24, 2022, 14:33 Hardware

Gurman: New Macs In March With More Coming In June – "Super Powered" M1 Max, Mac Pro, M2 Max, & M3

Multiple than once now, Mark Gurman (a reliable Bloomberg reporter with a focus on Apple products and leaks) has claimed that 2022 is going to be a very exciting year for the Mac with countless new releases. However, the excitement doesn't just surround the new Macs, but also the chips that they will be carrying. The second generation of Apple's M-chips is currently pending and Apple is soon to debut the Mac Pro – Cupertino's top tier, highest performance Mac – showing us what's possible as far as this era's maximal, technological performance. Should the event takes place in the second week of March, it's expected to concentrate mostly on the more affordable product lineups, as per Gurman. Additionally, another Apple announcement dedicated to the other devices is also expected, albeit not until May or June of this year.

MacBook Air, Mac mini, & MacBook Pro
According to Mr. Gurman, three Mac series will mark the start of 2022's Apple hardware year: the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro 13". As far as the Mac mini is concerned, he expects two iterations, one with an M2 and an M1 Pro version. Whether or not both variations will see a release at the same time or not isn't revealed in Mark Gurman's "PowerOn" newsletter. He's also convinced that we shouldn't be too far off from an iMac Pro debut, albeit not in March. The "big" iMac is a more likely theme for this Summer's WWDC or even possibly one month before then.

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No M2 Max Before 2023 – M1 Max With Superpowers
Gurman does not, however, predict an M2 Max release this year. According to his sources, Apple will still use a variation of the M1 Max for its higher end devices, including the Mac Pro, which should house a "super-powered version" of the chip with far more cores. Something similar is also expected for the iMac Pro, however, Apple should be taking things a step even further for the Mac Pro. The highest end Apple device will consist of a new housing – with dimensions half the size that of the current series. The performance will be completely out of this world, as the device may hold anywhere from "three" to "four M1 Max" chips. That isn't to say that the device will be a quad-processor system, only that the chip used will be three to four times as powerful as a standard M1 Max chip. As per an older report, Apple could be looking to equip the mini tower with 40 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores.

M2, M2 Max, & M3
Although Apple won't even release an M2 Max until 2023, an M3 is already in the works. However, Gurman doesn't have any information yet concerning the chip's potential performance. As far as the M2 is concerned, he only knows that Apple should rely on the same amount of CPU cores as with the M1 – however, there should be an increase from 8 to 10 GPU cores. Something similar can be expected for the M2 Max – which would result in a considerable boost to performance. As far as the smaller 24" iMac is concerned, Apple doesn't plan to equip the device with Pro or Max chips – rather, with a standard M2 when the time comes for the device's hardware to receive an upgrade.

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Apple Has "Turned The Situation Around"
It's been almost more than 5 years since Bloomberg released an article detailing how Apple had drifted out of touch with its most loyal customers. At the time, the critique was that there had been barely any innovations to the system, the product cycle had become far too long, the MacBook Pro had turned into a disaster, and it seemed as if Apple only cared about the iPhone and iPad. As Gurman has clearly detailed in his newest report, Apple has turned the situation around. None of the previously mentioned points of critique are relevant anymore in the dawning era of Apple Silicon – and sales numbers confirm this.

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