Apple’s next group of Macs – new M2 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, Mac mini, and Mac Pro — very likely won’t launch until March of 2023, at the earliest.
Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:
I’m told that Apple is aiming to introduce the upgraded models—including M2-based versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros—in the first quarter of calendar 2023 and has tied the launches to the upcoming macOS Ventura 13.3 and iOS 16.3. Those software updates are expected to debut between early February and the beginning of March…
The new MacBook Pros will continue to look like the current models, but they’ll trade their M1 Pro and M1 Max chips for the first M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. The M2 Max will go to 12 CPU cores, up from 10, and see its top graphics option move to 38 cores from 32.
A new Mac mini remains in development, and the company continues to test versions with the same M2 chip as the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, as well as an M2 Pro chip, which hikes the CPU and graphics counts…
When it announced the transition to homegrown chips in 2020, Apple said the move would take about two years. The revamped Mac Pro, coming next year, will clearly miss that schedule.
But I think we have a pretty clear reason why, and it’s not a bad thing: The machine will be superior to what Apple originally intended to offer.
As I wrote recently, my belief is that the first non-Intel Mac Pro will have options for 24 and 48 CPU cores and 76 and 152 graphics cores—along with up to 256 gigabytes of memory.
MacDailyNews Take: MacBook Pro and Mac mini in March. Mac Pro at WWDC in June.
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Would love to see a Mac mini with an M2 Pro in it . . . that’s the sweet spot for me in terms of performance and then I can sink some dollars into more SSD storage. Give me that processor with 2 terabytes of internal storage for about $1,500 and I’m a happy camper. Will pair nicely with the Studio Display I use as a second monitor to my iMac 27 (which BTW, has proven to be a really nice setup for me).
Mini has inadequate cooling for extended computing. Just get a Studio, which is a far better design than the ancient Mini in all regards.
Mini and Pro should never be used in a discussion of desktop computing. It doesn’t make sense.
I don’t disagree the Studio is better — my thought might be though that the mini chassis can accommodate the Pro (I wouldn’t expect it to handle cooling for the Max or Ultra). That’s one of the only gaps left in the lineup.
Where is the 27″ or 32″ iMac, with Apple Silicon, 24″ is too small..
I couldn’t agree more! Very much awaiting a 27 or 30” iMac!
I don’t think there will be an M2 Pro option for Mac mini. If that was the plan, there would be a current M1 Pro option for Mac mini. Mac mini (like iMac) is meant to be a “consumer” choice that can be used effectively for some types of “pro” work. Instead, my prediction is the new M2 Mac mini becoming the higher choice, with existing M1 Mac mini staying in lineup with lower price (like M1 MacBook Air). The old (dark) Intel Mac mini may stay in lineup too, for customers with legacy needs.