When Apple launched its first MacBooks with its in-house M1 chip back in June 2020, company CEO Tim Cook said that all Macs would run on Apple’s silicon for two years.
It didn’t exactly happen. Apple has switched to M1 and M2 chips in most of its lineup, but the company’s most powerful machine, the Mac Pro, can still only be configured with Intel processors.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, that’s because Apple is building a slightly different new Mac Pro than originally envisioned.
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The company initially planned to build the Mac Pro around the M1 chip, with two main configurations: one as powerful as two M1 Max chips combined, and another as powerful as four M1 Max chips combined.
The first of these chips eventually saw the light of day in Mac Studio as the M1 Ultra, but the Mac Pro was later delayed. At the time, Apple was thinking of building the Mac Pro around the new “M2 Ultra” and its most powerful chip, the “M2 Extreme.”
This last chip would have had 48 CPU cores and 152 graphics cores and would have been an absolute beast, but Apple decided that a Mac Pro based on this chip would likely be a niche product and prohibitively expensive (starting at $10,000) for most buyers. .
All of this brings us to Apple’s current plans, which were reportedly to build the Mac Pro around the M2 Ultra alone. Like its predecessor, it should also be a versatile machine, with options to expand memory, storage and other components.
Other new products Apple is working on include a new version of the Mac mini powered by the M2 or M2 Pro chip; New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops, with a choice of M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, and (possibly) a new iMac Pro with Apple silicon. Finally, Apple is also working on successors to its Studio Display and Pro Display XDR.
However, launch times for these products may vary greatly. The new MacBook Pro laptops should arrive “early next year.” There’s no word on when the new Mac Pro, Mac mini, or iMac will arrive, but it looks like they’ll be available in 2023. As for the new standalone displays, they’ll likely come with Macs. best fit.