Apple Mac Pro with 48-core "M2 Extreme" chip could be coming in 2023 with up to four times faster performance than the M2 Max
We reported last month that Apple could release new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Max and M2 Pro SoCs. The information came to us courtesy of Mark Gurman. The seasoned Apple insider now suggests in his weekly PowerOn newsletter that Cupertino is also testing a new Mac Pro with Apple Silicon.
Per Gurman, the Mac Pro will release sometime in 2023 and come with SoCs that are, at minimum, 2x to 4x faster than the M2 Max. Since Apple hasn’t released the M2 Max yet, we don’t know how fast the SoC is compared to the base M2 chip. So, it is rather difficult to accurately estimate the performance profile of the alleged Mac Pro processors.
The insider calls the new chips "M2 Ultra" and "M2 Extreme" and reports that the new processors will come with 24 and 48 CPU cores, respectively, with 76 and 152 GPU cores. Both configurations could be paired with up to 256 GB of RAM.
Moving on, Gurman lists one Mac Pro configuration that he believes is being tested at Apple. This particular setup includes a 24-core CPU, 76 GPU cores, and 192 GB RAM. Apple is supposedly testing this Mac Pro with macOS Ventura 13.3.
In addition to the Mac Pro, Gurman also shares some information regarding the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch M2 Max/M2 Pro MacBook Pros as well as the new Mac mini. The M2 Max SoC that is said to power the new MacBook Pros reportedly has 12 CPU cores and 38 GPU cores. The new MacBook Pro will allegedly come with up to 64 GB of memory.
Finally, the insider posits that Apple could release the Mac mini in the "coming months" with Apple M2 and M2 Pro chips.