Apple’s M2-powered high-end Macs surfaces ahead of WWDC 23


Rumours are rife that Apple could announce ‘several new Macs’ at next week’s developers’ conference. One of these Macs could be the much-anticipated larger MacBook Air, and the ‘several new’ could also include two new Mac models.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple has been testing two new Mac desktop models. The two Macs are said to be powered by the M2 Max, first introduced in January this year with the MacBook Pros, and the yet-to-be-announced M2 Ultra, which would be the successor to the M1 Ultra, which saw inside the Mac Studio.
The two new Mac models are internally referred to as Mac 14,13 and Mac 14,14, respectively, powered by the M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips.
The first model under testing has the M2 Max processor, which has 8 high-performance and 4 efficiency cores, with 30 graphics cores. Further, the Mac has 96GB of memory and is running macOS 13.4.
The other model under testing has what could be the M2 Ultra chip, which is yet to be announced. The chip has double the performance cores of M2 Max, 16 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores, and a 60-core graphics unit. The model has three configurations — 64GB, 128GB, and 19GB of memory.
The said M2 Ultra chip also has a more powerful configuration, having 76 graphics cores, double what the M2 Max chip offers.
Gurman does not tell what models exactly these two Macs are. However, it is highly unlikely that this would be the Apple Silicon Mac Pro since it surfaced earlier with a different internal name, Mac 14,18. Also, M3 chips are not expected to arrive until later this year, so it is unlikely that there will be new M3-powered Macs showcased at the keynote. The best guess is that these two are the updated models for the Mac Studio, which came last year in the options of M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips.
Gurman had earlier said that Apple has no plans to refresh the Mac Studio for a while. However, Gurman recently also reported that Apple would begin accepting trade-ins for the Mac Studio and other models, which fuels the speculation for a Mac Studio refresh at next week’s developers’ conference keynote.


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