Apple’s M2 chips and the computers they’ll power detailed in new leak

Apple is reportedly working on nine new Macs with the upcoming M2 processors, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman† These rumors come on the heels of Apple releasing the Mac Studio, and the announcement that the M1 Ultra would be the last chip in its current generation lineup.

Bloomberg doesn’t predict a replacement for the Studio yet, but reports that most other Mac models will receive an upgrade. Gurman says he’s seen evidence of an M2-powered MacBook Air with a 10-core GPU — contrary to previous predictions that a redesigned Air would still have an M1 — as well as an entry-level M2 MacBook Pro with the same specs. The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros also appear, along with a new Mac Mini and Mac Pro, all rocking next-gen Apple silicone.

A Mac Mini with the current-generation M1 Pro also popped up, though it’s hard to imagine coming to market now that the Mac Studio exists.

The more expensive machines will reportedly have M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, with the Max having 12 CPU cores and 38 graphics cores (two CPU and six GPU cores extra compared to the current M1 Max). Bloomberg does not detail the breakdown of efficiency and performance cores. The M2 Pro also appears as an option for the Mac Mini, and Gurman predicts that the Mac Pro will have a “successor to the M1 Ultra.”

(By the way, if you’re trying to figure out how this adds up to nine computers like I initially did, it’s one MacBook Air, one entry-level Pro, two models of the Mini, two models each of the 14- and 16-inch MBP — with Pro and Max chips respectively – and the desktop Pro.)

Intriguingly, the entry-level MacBook Pro can linger and still be barely distinguishable from the Air. When I discuss laptops with my colleagues, they usually predict that Apple will quietly discontinue the 13-inch model, as it seems an unfortunate medium between the Air and the 14-inch Pro. It’s also a bit of an outlier with its Touch Bar, but it’s an open question whether its successor will have one – the Bloomberg report says no.

Notably absent from the list of computers is any kind of iMac. There is no talk of a successor to the M1-powered 24-inch all-in-one, or a replacement for the recently discontinued 27-inch iMac.

Gurman says this wealth of information comes from developer logs, which allegedly surfaced because Apple was testing its new computers with third-party apps. While it wasn’t hard to predict that Apple would be working on the next generation of chips, it’s exciting to see evidence of their existence in the wild and get early details.

It may not be that long to wait for an official announcement of at least a few of these computers – Bloomberg reports that “at least two Macs” could launch “around the middle of the year.” And wouldn’t you know, WWDC is on the calendar for June 6.

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