The move to Apple Silicon was risky, but the Cupertino tech company’s new Macs have been well accepted by users, so it was a good choice. At WWDC 2023 in June 2023, a 15-inch version of the M2 MacBook Air and other devices like the M2 Ultra Mac Pro and Mac Studio were shown off. With this, Apple has finally switched from Intel processors to its own chipsets. According to earlier rumors, the company is also working on its next-generation M3 SoC and has started testing it on a new device.
Mac Mini with M3 processor is being tested
In his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman recently said that Apple is trying an M3-powered Mac Mini that could be part of the company’s M3 lineup. Gurman said that the device being checked is a Mac Mini because it has the identifier “Mac 15,12.” Even though it won’t come out this year, he said it could come out in 2024, along with other Macs.
The device, which is being tested right now, has a CPU with 8 cores and a GPU with 10 cores. It also has 24GB of RAM and is running macOS Sonoma 14.1. Gurman says that the specs are the same as for the M2 Mac Mini, except for the size of the RAM. Gurman then talked about the release date. He said that Apple’s Mac sales dropped by 10% in the fourth quarter of this year, so he doesn’t think any M3-powered device will come out until at least October.
M3 Macs: Expected releases
A previous Gurman report said that Apple plans to start using the M3 SoC in the next 13-inch iMac, 13-inch MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro. But it’s not likely that the most expensive MacBook Pros will make the switch at this time. The M3 chip could be coming soon, and the new Macs could come out in October, right after Apple’s Fall event.
But the Mac Studio and Mac Pro aren’t likely to get the M3 upgrade anytime soon, since they just got the M2 SoC update in June. It’s also possible that Apple will update the iMac for the first time since 2021.
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