Apple is testing a pair of latest high-end Macs and their accompanying processors forward of its Worldwide Builders Convention subsequent week, suggesting that it is nearing the discharge of professional-focused desktop computer systems.
The corporate is planning two new Mac fashions — labelled internally as Mac 14,13 and Mac 14,14 — that run the M2 Max processor introduced in January and a yet-to-be-unveiled M2 Extremely chip. That second processor would change the M1 Extremely mannequin at present featured within the Mac Studio, a high-end desktop introduced in March 2022.
The brand new computer systems are a part of an effort to overtake the Mac line and entice customers throughout a sluggish stretch for the pc trade. Highly effective desktop fashions stay key to Apple’s attraction amongst skilled customers, equivalent to video editors or graphic designers. The corporate is also simply days away from WWDC, its annual gathering of builders who depend on such machines to construct apps.
A consultant for Cupertino, California-based Apple declined to remark.
The primary desktop laptop in testing is working an M2 Max processor with eight high-performance cores — elements for probably the most demanding duties — in addition to 4 effectivity cores and 30 graphics cores. These are the identical specs featured within the MacBook Professional with the M2 Max. This specific machine additionally contains 96 gigabytes of reminiscence and is working macOS 13.4, the model of the Mac working system that was simply launched earlier this month.
The second machine in testing has what’s labelled as an M2 Extremely chip, which the corporate hasn’t but introduced. That element, which sports activities 24 processing cores, doubles the efficiency of the M2 Max mannequin. The chip contains 16 high-performance cores and eight effectivity cores, in addition to 60 graphics cores. The corporate is testing it in configurations with 64 gigabytes, 128 gigabytes and 192 gigabytes of reminiscence.
The M2 Extremely chip may even embody a extra highly effective possibility, with as many as 76 graphics cores, doubling the 38-core most discovered within the present M2 Max chip, Bloomberg has reported.
The M2 Extremely chip was initially designed for a future model of the high-end Mac Professional desktop. That machine at present nonetheless runs Intel chips — a holdout in Apple’s three-year effort to make use of homegrown processors in its computer systems.
Apple has been obscure about when a brand new Mac Professional is coming. It stated greater than a 12 months in the past that an up to date mannequin would arrive “one other day.” Inside Apple, the longer term Mac Professional with in-house chips has been labelled Mac 14,8. That implies that the most recent desktops in testing are totally different machines, equivalent to new variations of the Mac Studio, which is at present supplied in M1 Max and M1 Extremely configurations.
Bloomberg reported in April that two new Mac Studio updates are within the works. Apple has additionally been creating a 15-inch model of the MacBook Air, together with future iterations of the 13-inch MacBook Air and 15-inch mannequin with a 3-nanometer M3 processor. And it is planning a low-end 13-inch MacBook Professional and an iMac with the next-generation chip.
Subsequent week’s developer expo kicks off Monday with the debut of Apple’s much-anticipated mixed-reality headset. The corporate additionally will unveil updates to the software program that runs on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. The presentation will embody a number of new Mac fashions as properly.
In one other signal that new machines are coming quickly, Apple is planning to start out letting prospects commerce in additional varieties of Macs for a present card subsequent Monday. The Macs that Apple will start accepting: the M2 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Professional, in addition to the present Mac Studio. Such a transfer sometimes heralds that new variations are on the best way.
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