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Apple Mac with M2 processor; nine new variants under testing

According to reports, Apple could launch a new MacBook Air, a low-end MacBook Pro, and a new Mac Mini later this year. The report suggests that two new Macs could debut around the middle of the year.

As per a recent report, there are presently nine Apple Mac devices in the midst of rigorous testing. These upcoming models will be driven by the highly anticipated Apple M2 chip, positioned as the successor to the existing M1 chip series. Upon their release, these Mac variants will be equipped with the advanced chipset, showcasing enhanced performance and efficiency. Notable devices in the pipeline include the Apple MacBook Air, Mac Mini M2, MacBook Pro, alongside several other intriguing additions.

New Mac devices with M2 chipset

According to a report from Bloomberg, which draws insights from developers’ logs. With the new reports, it has been reveal that the upcoming M2 processor will serve as a replacement for the existing M1 chipset. This next-generation processor is expected to deliver notable advancements in performance, elevating the computing experience for users. Rumors suggest that the newer Apple M2 chip could launch later in 2022. However, another set of rumors claims that it won’t be released until next year.

In a report by Bloomberg, it has been disclosed that Apple is currently in the development phase of ‘at least’ nine new Mac devices. These upcoming Macs will feature four distinct Apple M-series chips, which will serve as replacements for the existing M1 processor. Among the highly anticipated developments, Apple is focusing on the integration of the forthcoming M2 chips into the Mac lineup. This includes the M2 Pro, M2 Max, and a successor to the M1 Ultra, demonstrating Apple’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance and innovation.

List of Upcoming Mac devices in 2022

The following machines are under work and could launch with upcoming M series processors based on the Bloomberg report. These includes:

  • Apple MacBook Air with M2 chip

According to the report, the upcoming MacBook Air, gets a codename of J413. It is likely to feature a standard Apple M2 chipset. This new MacBook Air variant could pack in an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU. These specifications promise enhanced processing power and graphics capabilities, indicating a significant performance boost compared to its predecessors.

The upcoming Apple MacBook Air 2022 could launch with M2 chipset
The upcoming Apple MacBook Air 2022 could launch with an M2 chipset
  • Apple Mac Mini with M2 series chip

It is highly likely that a Mac mini model may launch in two variants, with one featuring the standard Apple M2 chipset and the other with the M2 Pro chipset. The Mac mini variant with the M2 chip is likely to be codenamed J473, while the variant with the M2 Pro chip could be called J474. It’s worth noting that the Mac mini variant will have the same specifications as the MacBook Air model.

Apple Mac Mini may launch with both M2 and M2 Pro chipset
Mac Mini may launch with both M2 and M2 Pro chipset
  • 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with M2 chip

There will be an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro. This Apple MacBook Pro model could launch with the standard M2 chip and launch with the codename J493. These M series powered machines will bring improvement in performance.

  • 14- and 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro with M2 series chip

Other than the 13-inch model, the MacBook Pro could also launch with 14- and 16-inch models. These bigger variants of the Apple MacBook Pro could feature the M2 Pro and the M2 Max chips. The M2 Max chipset will get a 12-core CPU and 38-core GPU, along with 64GB of memory.

Furthermore, these Apple M2 series-powered 14-inch MacBook Pro models will get the codename J414. At the same time, the 16-inch MacBook Pro model could come with the codename J416. Both the 14- and 16-inch models will have the same specifications. FYI, recently the Cupertino-based tech giant also launched the latest Apple Mac Studio device and we did the complete Apple Mac Studio review on our website.

  • Mac Pro with M1 Ultra successor

5Finally, the Cupertino-based tech giant could also bring a Mac Pro model, including a successor to the M1 Ultra chip. This M1 Ultra chipset is also present on the Mac Studio devices. Moreover, the Mac Pro model will get the codename J180.

Apple Mac Pro could launch with successor to the M1 Ultra chipset
Apple Mac Pro could launch with the successor to the M1 Ultra chipset

In addition to this, the Cupertino-based tech giant is also testing an M1 Max version of the Mac Mini. However, the recent launch of Mac Studio makes such a machine redundant. Henceforth, Apple could stick with M2 and M2 Pro chips with its upcoming Mac mini models.

New Macs: Expected Launch

Bloomberg emphasizes the significance of internal testing as a crucial phase in the development process. According to the private software and data firm, Apple M2-powered machines are likely to make their debut in the upcoming months, with a potential release starting in the middle of the year.

Another report suggests that a range of new Mac devices, including the new MacBook Air, an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, a Mac Pro, and a new Mac Mini, could launch later this year. However, preceding these releases, we might witness the introduction of refreshed 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. According to previous Bloomberg’s report, at least two Mac models are likely to launch during the middle of the year.

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