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Report: Apple is Currently Testing 9 New Macs Using M2 Chips

Posted April 15, 2022 | Apple | Hardware | Mac | Mac mini | MacBook | MacBook Air | MacBook Pro | Windows

In recent weeks, multiple reports have been suggesting that Apple was gearing up to release new Apple Silicon Macs using next-generation M2 chips. Today, a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reveals that Apple is currently testing no less than 9 different M2 Macs that have been spotted in developer logs.

“The company is testing at least nine new Macs with four different M2-based chips — the successors to the current M1 line — with third-party apps in its App Store, according to the logs, which were corroborated by people familiar with the matter. The move is a key step in the development process, suggesting that the new machines may be nearing release in the coming months,” Gurman wrote.

Here are the nine different M2 Macs that have Apple is currently testing internally:

Mac Mini: Apple is testing a new model with an M2 chip with eight CPU cores and 10 GPU cores, as well as an “M2 Pro” model with an unknown amount of CPU and GPU cores.

MacBook Air: A single M2 model is being tested using the same chip as the one in the M2 Mac Mini.

MacBook Pro: An entry-level model is said to be using the same M2 chip as the upcoming MacBook Air and Mac Mini. There are also new 14” and 16” MacBook models using “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” chips, with the latter featuring 12 CPU cores and 38 GPU cores.

Mac Pro: This is the only Mac model that has yet to make the transition to Apple Silicon, and the logs reveal that the new model being tested uses a successor to the M1 Ultra chip found in the new Mac Studio.

According to Bloomberg, Apple may also not be done releasing new Macs with M1 chips. “Apple is also testing a Mac mini with an M1 Pro chip, the same processor used in the entry-level 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros today,” explained Gurman. “The company has tested an M1 Max version of the Mac mini as well, but the new Mac Studio may make these machines redundant.”

The MacBook Air, 13.3” MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini haven’t been updated since November 2020, and Bloomberg believes that they will be the first models to be refreshed with M2 chips in the coming months. The M2 MacBook Air is also expected to be completely redesigned with a slimmer body, MagSafe charging, as well as new color options similar to what Apple introduced on the M1 iMac line. 

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