With the M2 MacBook Professional and MacBook Air already on cabinets, all eyes have turned to Apple’s desktop choices, specifically the Mac Professional and Mac mini. On the Max Tech YouTube channel, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has revealed some new details about Apple’s upcoming slate of Macs, and what it means for the following spherical of M2 chips.
Relating to the M2 chip, Gurman expects the identical variations because the M1—Professional, Max, and Extremely, with a attainable new Excessive mannequin for the Mac Professional—however doesn’t assume it’ll transfer to a 3nm course of as has been rumored. He suspects the next-generation course of will arrive with the M3 chips in late 2023 or 2024.
In brief, Apple has a number of M2 Macs deliberate for this fall, together with a “spec bump” for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions. Gurman expects the brand new laptops to get M2 Professional and M2 Max processors with the following refresh however no new options, very similar to the 13-inch MacBook Professional.
Additionally in line for a refresh this fall is the Mac mini. Gurman mentioned Apple shall be updating each the M1 Mac mini and the higher-end Intel model with M2 and M2 Professional chips, respectively, however doesn’t assume the machines may have a redesign, as has been rumored. He mentioned it could be “odd” for Apple to introduce a brand new Mac mini design following the launch of the Mac Studio.
As for the long-awaited Mac Professional with Apple silicon, Gurman reveals that Apple deliberate to launch an M1-based Mac Professional “months in the past” however “scrapped” it to work on a mannequin with an M2. He doesn’t anticipate Apple to launch the high-end workstation till subsequent yr on account of manufacturing and provide points.
Lastly, Gurman thinks Face ID on the Mac is a great distance off. Regardless of the addition of the notch, he doesn’t anticipate it to come back to the M2 MacBook Professional anytime quickly. In reality, he thinks it’ll come to the higher-end iMac fashions first. That would include the M3 iMac, since Gurman thinks Apple will skip the M2 chip within the all-in-one machine.