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Apple is Engaged on New Chips and a Professional Show XDR Refresh: Report


Whereas the M1 Extremely is the final M1 chip Apple is making, it definitely isn’t going to be the corporate’s final ever. A brand new report alleges a number of new chips within the pipeline in addition to a refresh of the Professional Show XDR.

In his most up-to-date Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says he expects a number of new chips in improvement at Apple in addition to additional funding in new shows. Gurman has an excellent document along with his rumors in the case of Apple merchandise, and he was spot-on along with his report of what to anticipate from Apple’s first 2022 {hardware} occasion, correctly predicting the Mac Studio in each title and market place, in addition to the iPhone SE 5G and iPad Air refresh.

Apple’s Possible New Chip Lineup

Whereas Apple mentioned that the M1 Extremely was the final chip that it was making within the M1 household, the corporate additionally mentioned that the Mac Professional was the one laptop product that it had not transitioned to Apple Silicon. Gurman argues that these two issues can each be true and that the longer term Mac Professional, which he argues continues to be an extended methods off, may very well be working on one in all two chip configurations.

The primary is that the Mac Professional may have twin M1 Extremely chips, which might double the efficiency of the M1 Ultra with 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores. The opposite chance, particularly given the timeline he believes the Mac Professional is on, is that Apple will maintain on releasing the brand new Mac Professional till after its M2 Extremely and twin M2 Extremely (which he refers to as M2 Excessive) are prepared.

Apple M1 Ultra

Gurman believes that the latter of those two conditions is extra probably since he doesn’t anticipate the Mac Professional to debut forward of the brand new M2 refresh of units later this yr and it could look unusual to see one other M1 product come out after M2 has dropped. Gurman expects not less than two or three new Macs to be launched by the summer season of 2022 and a refresh of the present Mac mini, 13-inch MacBook Professional, and 24-inch iMac to return throughout this yr and subsequent. That may imply the Mac Professional wouldn’t present up till after that, maybe halfway or later by means of 2023.

With that in thoughts, Gurman expects the 5 following M2 chips to return subsequent from Apple:

  • M2: eight CPU cores and 9 or 10 graphics cores
  • M2 Professional: 12 CPU cores and 16 graphics cores
  • M2 Max: 12 CPU cores and 32 graphics cores
  • M2 Extremely: 24 CPU cores and 48 or 64 graphics cores
  • M2 Excessive: 48 CPU cores and 96 or 128 graphics cores

Apple has, for now, discontinued the 27-inch iMac. Whereas it’s doable that the iMac Professional will make a return, that’s not prone to occur any time quickly. Apple has already positioned the Mac Studio because the 27-inch iMac substitute, and the 27-inch iMac isn’t talked about as a part of Apple’s M1 refresh of its product line.

The Professional Show XDR is Getting a Refresh

Apple seems to be again solidly again within the show sport. Gurman experiences that an replace to the Pro Display XDR is already in improvement and he believes it may see a bounce to 7K. That mentioned, he expects it to be launched alongside the brand new Mac Professional, which suggests it won’t make a public look till subsequent yr.

Whereas Gurman says that extra shows are on the best way, those that have been hoping for extra range in Apple’s lineup past the Studio Display and the Professional Show XDR shouldn’t get their hopes up. There is no such thing as a indication that Apple will launch extra shows past these two, not less than not for the subsequent couple of years. Which means those that need a pure monitor with out a webcam and audio system from Apple gained’t have any choice aside from the Professional Show XDR.


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