Thursday, Jan 12, 2023, 16:29 Mac: Hardware

Mac Pro 2023 Earlier Than Expected? Apple May Have Already Started Testing

Apple is almost complete transitioning to in-house, ARM chip architecture – Apple Silicon. Only one Mac is left. The Mac Pro – the last Mac still carrying an Intel chip (apart from one Mac mini model intended for customers still reliant upon the aging x86 architecture). At the end of 2020, Apple had initially estimated that it would only take 2 years to finish the entire transition to Apple Silicon – however, the 2 years are more than up and Cupertino has had to delay the Mac Pro's presentation.

It's still unclear, when exactly Apple will showcase the new Mac Pro – some reports estimate a presentation as early as this spring, whilst others set the deadline for either the summer or even the fall of 2023. Now, however, the exceptionally well-informed expert – Mark Gurman, has some new clues, claiming that the Mac Pro will arrive as early as this spring:

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M2 Extreme Cancelled?
According to numerous reports, the Mac Pro should release with 2 processor options: The M2 Ultra with 24 CPU cores and 76 GPU cores – and the M2 Extreme with 48 CPU cores and 152 GPU cores. The M2 Extreme should consist of 2 interconnected M2 Ultra chips (similar to Apple's M1 Ultra, a fusion of 2 M1 Max chips via Apple's "Ultra Fusion"). The M2 Extreme would be exclusive to the Mac Pro, with the M2 Ultra also likely seeing deployment in the Mac Studio.



Per Gurman, Apple has already started testing the upcoming Mac Pro – utilizing macOS 13.3 Ventura as the operating system. Currently, macOS 13.2 is undergoing a public beta with a likely final release in February. Thus, macOS 13.3 would likely appear in April – possibly at the same time as the release of an Apple Silicon Mac Pro. There's a consensus that Apple will hold an event in March 2023 to announce the new MacBook Pro models with M2, amongst other devices.

Details Still Hazy
Over the last few months, more and more leaks have forecasted that the Apple Silicon Mac Pro may be slightly less performant than previously expected. Apple may no longer equip the device with an "M2 Extreme" – meaning that the Mac Pro would now arrive with the M2 Ultra instead, which offers only 20-24 CPU cores, making the device only slightly more powerful than a Mac Studio with M1 Ultra. It's also unclear what Apple's plans are for the housing: The original rumors were of a fundamentally new design – though recent predictions state that the device should retain the exact same exterior design as the 2019 model.

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