Apple is reportedly gearing up to release several new Macs with an M2 chip later this year, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter. Gurman expects the company to introduce a 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, 24-inch iMac and a redesigned MacBook Air, all equipped with the rumored M2 chip.
Apple hasn’t hinted at the potential M2 chip, but Gurman believes its CPU will be slightly faster than the M1’s and will share the same eight-core architecture. However, the graphics cores can jump from seven or eight to nine or 10. In 2023, Gurman thinks Apple will release Pro and Max versions of the M2 chip — just as it did for the M1 chip — and announced an M3 chip.
It’s been over a year since Apple first announced its first-ever internal M1 chip in November 2020, and several months since the debut of the M1 Pro and M1 Max. As Apple continues to distance itself from Intel silicon, it has a few other Macs on offer that are likely intended to remove any remaining Intel-powered devices from its lineup. Gurman expects a larger iMac Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options to replace its current 27-inch iMac Pro, along with a smaller Mac Pro that “comes with the equivalent of two or four M1 Max chips.” And while the Mac Mini already comes with an M1 chip, Gurman expects it to get an upgraded M1 Pro option (alongside an M2 variant).
As for a timeline, Gurman says Apple will release new Macs in March, and then again in May or June. Apple has already been tipped to unveil a 5G iPhone SE, 5G iPad Air and possibly a new Mac at a highly publicized event on March 8. It also plans to roll out iOS 15.4 in March, which comes with a facemask-friendly Face ID. An iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 are not expected until later this year.