Apple is developing a “Pro” chip that will be two or four times more powerful compared to the upcoming M2 Max, according to Bloomberg’s noted Apple reporter Mark Gurman. The company has not released a full-fledged Mac Pro tower powered by Apple Silicon to date. The powerful Mac Pro with M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme, Gurman believes, will be released sometime in 2023.
The M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme versions of the Mac Pro will reportedly be offered in a 24 and 48 CPU core configuration, along with 76 and 152 graphics cores, respectively. The machine can be configured with up to 256 GB of system memory (RAM). It is believed that Apple has stepped up internal testing of the Mac Pro with the “Pro” chips.
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Gurman has reported receiving information about Apple testing a 24-core version of the Mac Pro at one of its facilities. The machine is reportedly being actively tested and will run on the macOS Ventura 13.3 operating system. The 24-core CPU is a combination of 16 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores, along with 76 graphics cores and 192 GB of system memory. It’s unclear how Gurman was able to pull such internal testing information within Apple.
In addition to the Mac Pro, Gurman has reported that the 14” MacBook Pro and 16” MacBook Pro with updated M2 chips are also in development. The M2 Max chip is powered by 12 CPU cores (8 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores), along with 38 GPU cores and up to 64 GB of system memory. The M2 Max chip will reportedly be available on both the 14-inch MacBook Pro and the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The updated MacBook Pro is reportedly set to launch in the coming months, while the Mac Pro with Apple Silicon is set to arrive sometime in 2023.