It is now anticipated that Apple will unveil a completely new Mac Pro model that will include the previously unannounced M2 SoC models, likely dubbed “M2 Ultra” and “M2 Extreme.” After a lengthy transition away from Intel processors and toward its own exclusive Apple Silicon chips, Apple will have completed the process with this. The Mac Pro, Apple’s final model to transition, is made for creative professionals who require a lot of processing power and expandability. According to renowned supply chain observer Mark Gurman’s most recent newsletter, hardware testing at Apple has recently accelerated.
Since the M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra are anticipated to be available in the current MacBook Pro and Mac Studio configurations, it is now anticipated that the 2023 Mac Pro refresh will include entirely new SoC options that are more powerful than the current M2. The rumored “M2 Extreme” model is rumored to have up to four times as many CPU cores as the upcoming M2 Max. Gurman envisions options with up to 256GB of integrated memory, up to 152 GPU cores, and between 24 and 48 CPU cores.
Performance may significantly improve as a result, particularly for workloads involving media encoding and content creation. A new Mac Pro could be unveiled as early as March 2023 or at Apple’s yearly WWDC event in June if the company sticks to its current schedule.
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Apple had previously hinted that a future Mac Pro would be constructed using Apple Silicon when it unveiled the Mac Studio in March 2022. Although there are occasionally still rumors about a bigger, more powerful iMac, the iMac Pro seems to have been discontinued and won’t be moving to Apple Silicon. Apple last updated the Mac Pro in 2019. It features a completely new design, up to a 28-core Intel Xeon CPU, a new modular PCIe expansion format, and up to 1.5TB of RAM. The complimentary Pro Display XDR was also unveiled at the same time.
New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with updated M2 Pro and M2 Max SoC options are currently expected to be unveiled in November. Instead of hosting an event, Apple is likely to quietly unveil these with just a press release. No significant changes to the design or feature set from the current M1-generation MacBook Pro models are anticipated. A new Mac mini with the M1 SoC is also most likely to be released at the same time.
As in previous years, it was anticipated that Apple would host an in-person event in October to unveil new iPads and MacBook Pros, but the company opted to only release press releases to announce its most recent iPad, iPad Pro, and a new Apple TV 4K model. The company is probably spacing out its announcements to give each product line a chance to stand out on its own.