Five more M2-powered Macs are in the works, says well-connected journo

Apple already has two M2-powered machines but it’s still working on getting a further five into the market, according to a new report.

Writing as part of the weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple still has plans to release five new M2 Macs, all using various iterations of the chip that already powers the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

In that newsletter, Gurman points to a pair of updated MacBook Pros as well as what seems likely to be a refreshed Mac Studio — Gurman calls the machine an “M2 Pro Mac mini,” however.

The full list of Macs Gurman outs reads:

  • an M2 Mac mini.
  • an M2 Pro Mac mini.
  • M2 Pro and M2 Max 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
  • the M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme Mac Pro.

There’s little doubt that the new Apple silicon Mac Pro would be the best Mac the company has ever made in terms of raw horsepower. That’s also the final machine that’s still running Intel chips and one that will finally see the end of Apple’s migration away from the chipmaker.

All of the chips that Gurman mentions are likely to be M2-upgraded versions of their M1 counterparts except one — the M2 Extreme which is mentioned as the chip that will power a new Mac Pro. It isn’t immediately clear what that will offer, but expectations are high. One report from last year has the new Mac Pro offering up to 128 GPU cores and 40 CPU cores, essentially doubling that of the M1 Ultra Mac Studio.

One question mark will of course surround that M2 Pro Mac mini. Apple’s current M1 Mac mini is just that, a Mac mini with the M1 chip and no more. Apple may be leaning towards offering a new M2 Pro variant, but the M1 Pro currently sits in the Mac Studio alongside the M1 Max. It seems likely that M2 versions would most likely be dropped into an updated version of that machine.

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