News hardware Apple: the most powerful Mac ever unveiled this year?
All Apple computers are now equipped with an in-house chip. All, except one irreducible who still clings to Intel, but not for long: the Mac Pro. Skipping the M1 chip, Apple’s fixed tower is expected to pack the most powerful processor Apple has ever made, and will be announced soon.
Apple’s delayed Mac Pro
Since Apple unveiled their first computers equipped with an M1 chip, the brand has been working hard to remove Intel from their line up. Indeed, it is not their style to depend on another entity to design their components, especially since borrowing processors from Intel is a burden for the optimization of the machines.
With the M1 chip and the recent M2 chip in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, the power is increased tenfold for even better battery life. The M1 lineup has expanded with M1 Pro and M1 Max on the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, and M1 Ultra on the Mac Studio, a small-form-factor desktop computer.
But Apple now intends to tackle the big fish: the Mac Pro. This tall tower is Apple’s only model with an interchangeable configuration, but is still equipped with Intel and AMD components and is for the moment obliterated by the performance of M1 Ultra on a much more compact Mac Studio.
We could therefore expect Apple to continue its momentum by offering an even crazier and more massive M1 chip for the Mac Pro, where the space problem is much less restrictive. But According to an interview with Mark Gurman conducted by the tech YouTuber Max Tech, Apple wants to jump directly to the M2 series to equip the Mac Pro.
Gurman doesn’t elaborate on the reason for the delay, but when the new Mac Pro was to be announced for WWDC in early June, Apple wanted to take its time.
Just like the M1 before it, the M2 processor will be entitled to several versions which we already suspect: M2 Pro, M2 Max and M2 Ultra, the latter being composed of two M2 Max chips “stuck” together with fusion technology to virtually eliminate losses. And for the Mac Pro, Apple should repeat the operation by merging two M2 Ultra chips to create a new monster: the M2 Extreme chip.
If this SoC can double the performance of the M2 Ultra chip, the entire market for Windows processors and graphics cards should tremble, even if we can expect a price that is also “extreme”.
When should we see this new Mac Pro for good?
In the midst of an economic crisis and a shortage of components, it is difficult to predict when a technological product will be released. Even Mark Gurman is hesitant on this subject but still evokes several possibilities.
The next Mac Pro could therefore be announced during a keynote in late 2022 or early 2023, for availability much later in the summer of 2023. The Mac Pro remains a niche product compared to other Macs, justifying its much later arrival compared to the rest of the range.
The Mac Pro is currently the most expensive product that Apple sells with a starting price of 6000€, with a multitude of possible configurations to increase the note up to 60,000€, with among others an option with 1.5 TB of RAM.