(Pocket-lint) – Apple is reportedly planning to release several new Macs with upgraded processors sometime in the first half of the year.
According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman via the Power On newsletter, Apple could debut a 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, 24-inch iMac, and a redesigned MacBook Air – all running the rumoured M2 chip, which is thought to be a slightly faster CPU than the original M1 chip. It retains the same eight-core architecture, but its graphics cores may be boosted to nine or 10.
As for when these new Macs will arrive, at least one new Mac model is slated to debut at a yet-to-be-announced event on 8 March 2021.
Gurman believes that two of the oldest Apple Silicon-powered Macs in the current lineup – the entry-level MacBook Pro and Mac mini – are likely next in line to be updated. The Mac Mini, in particular, could be upgraded with an M1 Pro option and an M2 option. Gurman also expects a larger iMac Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips to succeed its current 27-inch iMac Pro, while a smaller Mac Pro will arrive “with the equivalent of either two or four M1 Max chips”. But All Apple is thought to be waiting until May or June 2022 to announce this other round of Mac releases.
So, to clarify, you expect one or two new Mac releases this March, followed a few months later by even more new Macs.
Apple has other hardware announcements possibly up its sleeve for its event in March, as well. It’s tipped to unveil a 5G iPhone SE and 5G iPad Air. It’ll also release iOS 15.4 with mask-friendly Face ID.
An iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 aren’t expected to arrive until later in 2022. Beyond that, in 2023, Gurman thinks Apple may release Pro and Max versions of the M2 chip alongside the M3.
Keep in mind it’s been over a year since Apple first announced its first in-house M1 chip, which was later followed by the M1 Pro and M1 Max variants.
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Writing by Maggie Tillman.