The M2 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from Apple are only the beginning.
Apple now has two M2-powered devices on the market, but a recent source claims that the company is still planning to release five more.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says in his weekly Power On email that Apple is still planning to produce five new M2 Macs, each employing a different version of the processor that already powers the newest 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
In that message, Gurman makes mention of two improved MacBook Pro models as well as what appears to be an updated Mac Studio, but Gurman refers to it as a “M2 Pro Mac mini.”
The whole list of Mac Gurman outs is as follows:
- a Mac mini M2.
- a Mac mini M2 Pro.
- 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max.
- the Mac Pro M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme.
There’s little question that the next Apple silicon Mac Pro would have the highest raw horsepower of any Mac the firm has ever produced. That device is also the last one still using Intel processors, signalling the conclusion of Apple’s transition away from the chipmaker.
Except for the M2 Extreme, which Gurman cites as the processor that would power a new Mac Pro, all of the chips Gurman lists are likely to be M2-upgraded versions of their M1 counterparts. Although it’s not immediately obvious what it will deliver, hopes are high. According to one source from the previous year, the new Mac Pro would have up to 128 GPU cores and 40 CPU cores, which is practically a doubling of the M1 Ultra Mac Studio’s capacity.
Of course, there will be one uncertainty regarding that M2 Pro Mac mini. The current M1 Mac mini from Apple is nothing more than a Mac mini with the M1 processor. Apple may be considering releasing a new M2 Pro model, however the M1 Pro already coexists with the M1 Max in the Mac Studio. It is likely that M2 versions would be added to a newer model of that machine.