Apple is testing at least nine new Macs based on the M2 chip, including the M2 Standard, M2 Pro, M2 Max and M2 Ultra
Apple Inc. is internally testing several variants of its next-generation M2 chip and the latest Mac that will be equipped with them, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports, citing developer logs. There are currently "at least" nine new Macs in development using four different M2 chips.
Apple is developing devices using standard M2 chips, M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra, with the following devices in development:
The M2 MacBook Air features an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU.
A Mac Mini with the M2 chip and a variant with the M2 Pro chip.
Entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chip.
14 - and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. The M2 Max chip features a 12-core and 38-core GPU, as well as 64GB of ram.
The new Mac Pro will include the M2 Ultra, the successor to the M1 Ultra used in the Mac Studio.
Apple has also tested an M1 Max version of the Mac Mini, but the release of the Mac Studio could make such a device redundant, so apple is likely to stick with the M2 and M2 Pro chips when the Mac Mini is finally upgraded.
According to Bloomberg, internal testing is a "critical step" in the development process, suggesting the devices could be released in the next few months. We've heard multiple rumors about a new MacBook Air, an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, a Mac Pro, and a new Mac Mini, but this is the first time we've heard a hint of possible 14 - and 16-inch MacBook Pro updates this year.
Previous rumors suggest that we can expect to see the MacBook Air, low-end MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini in 2022, and Bloomberg previously said that at least two Macs will be launched in the middle of this year, perhaps at WWDC22.