Apple announced plans in June 2020 to ditch its big, hot, slow, inefficient Intel processors for fast, efficient Apple Silicon chips, a move the company said would take about two years. So two and a half years later, where is Apple’s new Mac Pro?
Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:
Apple’s goal was to introduce a new Mac Pro this time around, but the high-end machine has been put on hold for a number of reasons, including many changes to its features, a major shift in the company’s plans for high-end processors, and the potential. Shifting its production…
The dual M1 Max chip first appeared in Mac Studio as the M1 Ultra, and Apple decided to bring it back for the Mac Pro M2 generation. The company then planned to release the Mac Pro in two configurations: an M2 Ultra version and a dual M2 Ultra that I called the “M2 Extreme.”
The M2 Ultra chip has some serious specs for professional users, including up to 24 CPU cores, 76 graphics cores, and the ability to upgrade the machine to at least 192GB of memory.
The M2 Extreme chip would double that with 48 CPU cores and 152 graphics cores. But here’s the bad news: the company has reportedly ditched the top-end configuration, which could disappoint Apple’s most demanding users — photographers, editors, and programmers who appreciate that kind of computing power… Instead, the Mac Pro will rely on the new-generation M2 Ultra chip (than the M1 Ultra) and will retain one of its defining features: easy expansion for additional memory, storage and other components.
MacDailyNews Take: Gourman also believes that the “M2 Extreme” Mac Pro would likely have a starting price of at least $10,000, which would make it an extreme mark. M2 Ultra Mac Pro will be quite powerful and easy expansion will be its hallmark and main difference compared to Mac Studio.
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