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Bloomberg, citing developer logs, reports that Apple is testing numerous types of the next-generation M2 chip and the updated Macs that will be equipped with it. There are “at least” nine new Macs in the works, each of which will employ one of four M2 chips, which will succeed the current M1 chips.

Apple is developing devices with standard M2 chips, including the M2 Pro, M2 Max, and a successor to the M1 Ultra, as well as the following machines:

  • A MacBook Air with an M2 chip features an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU.
  • A Mac mini with the M2 chip and another with the M2 Pro chip.
  • A 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip.
  • A Mac Pro with a successor to the M1 Ultra, which was utilized in the Mac Studio.
  • A 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro model with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. The M2 Max chip features a 12-core CPU and 38-core GPU, along with 64GB of Memory.

Apple has also tested an M1 Max Mac mini, but the Mac Studio’s introduction may render such a machine obsolete; therefore, Apple may continue with M2 and M2 Pro Chips when the Mac mini is refreshed.

Internal testing, according to Bloomberg, is a “key step” in the development process, implying that the machines might be released in the coming months. We’ve heard reports of a new MacBook Air, an upgraded 13-inch MacBook Pro, a Mac Pro, and a new Mac mini, but this is the first time we’ve heard of a 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh this year.

Previous speculations have suggested that the MacBook Air, low-end MacBook Pro, and Mac mini will be released in 2022. Bloomberg has previously stated that at least two Macs will be released in the middle of the year, possibly at WWDC.

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News Source: Bloomberg

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