Roadmap details Apple M2 Extreme SoC with 48 CPU cores and up to 128 GPU cores together with new M2-based MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and 7K Pro Display XDR ↺
The key takeaways from Apple's March 8 event were that the M1 Ultra would be last of the M1 chips and that a Mac Pro with Apple silicon is definitely in the offing. This actually opens up to some speculation as to what could Apple's next moves be. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman seems to have zeroed in on a few possibilities including thoughts on what could be the future of Apple silicon and Mac lineup.
According to Gurman, Apple is working on a new Mac Pro that could offer double the performance of the M1 Ultra with up to 40 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores. This implies that Apple may offer the Mac Pro in M1 Ultra as well as dual-M1 Ultra variants. However, there's also the possibility that Apple is waiting to finalize the M2 chips before debuting them on the Mac Pro. Gurman gives possible configurations of the M2 SoC as follows:
- M2: 8 CPU cores and 9/10 GPU cores
- M2 Pro: 12 CPU Cores and 16 GPU cores
- M2 Max: 12 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores
- M2 Ultra: 24 CPU cores and 48/64 GPU cores
- M2 Extreme: 48 CPU cores and 96/128 GPU cores
Waiting till the M2 silicon is ready probably would make more sense for Apple as at least a few Macs based on M2 are expected to launch between later this year and the next. These include the MacBook Air, Mac Mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 24-inch iMac. Essentially, this would mean that Apple will finally complete the transition to custom silicon by the end of 2023.
Gurman also notes that an update to the Pro XDR display is also in the works with up to a 7K resolution and a built-in A-series chip. It is likely that Apple will launch the 7K Pro XDR Display alongside the upcoming Mac Pro.
Overall, the Apple M2 lineup looks to be as follows across Pro and Consumer offerings:
- MacBook Pro (14 inch and 16 inch) with an M2 Pro and M2 Max
- iMac Pro with an M2 Pro and M2 Max
- Mac Studio with an M2 Max and M2 Ultra
- Mac Pro with an M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme
- Apple Pro Display 7K
- MacBook Air with an M2
- MacBook Pro (13 inch) with an M2
- Mac mini with an M2 and an M2 Pro version to replace the Intel model
- iMac with an M2
- Apple Studio Display