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Apple "M3 Pro" configuration and upgrades over M2 Pro leak out

The M2 Pro. (Source: Apple)
The M2 Pro. (Source: Apple)
Apple is projected to launch new MacBooks and possibly top-end iPads with a new chip called the M3 Pro soon. Now, it is slated to arrive with 20% more cores and 12.5% more graphics compared to its predecessor. That might sound like an iterative upgrade - then again, there may also be 12.5% more onboard memory, at least.

Apple sought to wow customers with the launch of an M2 Pro of a considerably larger footprint than the M2, thanks to the integration of memory as well as graphics right on the chip. According to the latest rumors, the Cupertino giant's fans might be able to expect more of the same from the custom processor's impending successor.

Mark Gurman cites "an App Store developer" as a source in new claims that the M3 Pro may upgrade to 36GB of memory, compared to 32GB in its M2-series counterpart. Then again, that might be its most substantial area of growth: it may come with a 12-core CPU and 18-core graphics, whereas the closest M2 Pro is 10- and 16-core respectively.

6 of those CPU cores are slated to be high-performance, meaning this supposed 2023 processor as described gets just 2 more efficiency cores on the real-life M2 Pro.

Then again, these slightly indifferent upgrades are allegedly confined to Apple's new "base-level" configurations: scale these projections up to the higher tiers, and they may add up to a 14-core M2 Max successor, and maybe even a 28-core successor to the M1 Ultra with at least 72 GPU cores. 

Apple is, of course, slated to fit all these components on 1 die thanks to an updated 3 nanometer (nm) process to produce these 2023 in-house processors.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-05-14 (Update: 2023-05-14)