Apple’s next round of M2 Macs are just weeks away from being announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from the company, but a new leak has already revealed the top-secret follow-up due out later this year, long after the WWDC dust has settled.
This is because Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman just deliver news about Apple’s M3 line of chips, including hardware specs for the M3 Pro that will likely find their way into the next MacBook Pro laptop. It’s the first time we’ve seen this level of detail for what could be one of the chips most exciting in recent years.
According to Gurman, Apple has been testing Macs with the M3 Pro with a variety of third-party apps to ensure compatibility. The M3 Pro could launch in late 2023 or early 2024, Gurman says, and will appear in the iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.
Gurman’s report claims that the M3 Pro will come with 12 CPU cores (with six high-performance cores and six high-efficiency cores), 16 GPU cores, and 36GB of memory. Compared to the M2 Pro in the latest MacBook Pro, that’s an increase of two CPU cores, two GPU cores, and 4GB of memory.
It might not sound like much, but the entire M3 series is expected to come with one major trick up its sleeve: it will be manufactured using a 3-nanometer process. But what exactly does that mean?
In simple terms, it means that the chips will be much more powerful and efficient compared to the M2 chips, which were made using a 5nm process. So not only will the M3 Pro get more cores, but all of those cores will work harder and faster compared to the M2 predecessor. It’s a win-win situation for Apple fans.
While Gurman only claims to have information about the M3 Pro (which he says comes from “data collected by a developer from the App Store”), he has nonetheless speculated about what the M3 Max and M3 Ultra chips might look like.
For the M3 Max, Gurman has suggested that it could come with up to 14 CPU cores and over 40 GPU cores. When it comes to the M3 Ultra, Gurman thinks it could be equipped with 28 CPU cores and 80+ graphics cores.
That sounds like a lot, but Gurman says it all comes down to the 3nm manufacturing process, which would allow Apple to pack even more cores than was possible on older chips.
That means there could be a lot to look forward to on Apple’s Mac roadmap. The next batch of M2 Macs is almost here, but many people will now eagerly look further to the horizon to see what comes next.