It’s the first time in 22 years that Apple has gone fall without introducing new Macs. The statistics noted by MacRumors is eloquent: since 2001 and the release of the iBook G3, Apple has always unveiled new Macs during the last quarter of the year, between October and December. The last presentation dates back to June 2022 with the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro equipped with the M2 chip. Since then, nothing.
The expectation was however great for the two years of the Apple Silicon project. Tim Cook had promised that the transition from Macs would take about two years, and the first Macs equipped with the M1 chip were released in November 2022. The Mac Pro under Apple Silicon is still long overdue and so Apple is late, even if it’s probably only a handful of months — the presentation of Apple’s new professional tower is expected for spring.
The reason for this small delay is perhaps to be found on the side of TSMC, the founder of Apple who launched its engraving with a fineness of 3 nanometers several months late at the end of December. If Cupertino engineers were relying on this new etching to create their M2 Pro, M2 Max and M2 Ultra series of chips, it’s possible that TSMC’s delay has forced Apple to push back several launches.
With the Apple Silicon architecture, Apple composes its range with a much smaller number of chips than with Intel. With only three different chips, several Macs could thus be unveiled. The future M2 Ultra chip of the Mac Pro must thus combine two M2 Max chips, which will share a common base with the M2 Pro chip. These last two chips should make it possible to propose an update to the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Proswhich is also expected in the spring, and it is rumored that Apple could also launch a Mac mini with an M2 Pro chip to replace the old Intel model which is still in the catalog.
Corridor noises also evoke a possible 15-inch MacBook Air which would be launched in the spring. As you will have understood, Apple has fallen behind but we could soon see a wave of new products. Note that the iMac should not be affected by future revisions: he would wait for the M3 chip which is not expected before the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024. Finally, there are no rumors about the Mac Studio, which could also skip a generation if it does not benefit from a small touch-up when the Mac Pro is released.
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