Apple has apparently scrapped plans to build a new Apple Silicon Mac Pro with a high-end ‘M2 Extreme’ chip that packs 48 CPU cores and 152 GPU cores. Mark Gurman reports about this in his latest edition turn on bulletin. Gourmet also says that the new Mac Pro will be manufactured in Vietnam, which is a stark contrast to the 2019 Intel Mac Pro being “made in the USA.”
The “extreme” chip would essentially be a dual M2 Ultra. But problems with complexity and cost appear to have stalled those plans. Gurman continues to say that Apple is preparing to launch a new Mac Pro, the M2 Ultra, with a design that allows some components such as RAM and storage to be expanded.
Gurman says the M2 Extreme chip faced challenges of manufacturing complexity and cost concerns. Without going further than that, it also frees up silicon fab TSMC to use chip manufacturing capacity on higher-volume chips for core Apple products.
The M2 Ultra chip supports 24 CPU cores, 76 GPU cores and up to 192GB of unified RAM.
While far more than most people’s needs, it’s worth noting that 192GB of RAM will still be significantly less than the 1.5TB of RAM supported by the current-generation 2019 Mac Pro. It’s also unclear how the 76-core GPU will stack up, as the current Mac Pro can theoretically be configured with 4 internal graphics cards.
To mitigate this shortfall, Gurman says the new Mac Pro will retain expansion options for RAM, storage and other components beyond what’s included in the M2 Ultra chip itself.
The Mac Pro will likely rely on the new-generation M2 Ultra chip (rather than the M1 Ultra) and retain one of its defining features: easy expansion for additional memory, storage, and other components.
Apple initially announced that the transition to Apple Silicon would be completed in two years, with versions of Apple Silicon available by November 2022. However, that deadline has passed and the new Mac Pro hasn’t been released. . Apple Silicon Mac mini is not high end either.
Gurman says the M2 Pro Mac mini and M2 Ultra Mac Pro are in active testing and should be released in 2023. The M2 Pro and M2 Max 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are also due out early in the new year. A new Pro Display XDR and a second-generation Studio Display are also said to be in the works.
A new M3-powered iMac isn’t expected until late 2023. An Apple Silicon iMac Pro is also being explored, though Gurman says it has faced delays like the Mac Pro initiative.
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