Although the M1 Ultra is the last M1 chip made by Apple, it certainly won’t be the company’s last. A new report alleges several new chips in the pipeline as well as a refresh of the Pro Display XDR.
In his most recent To light up newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says he expects several new chips in development at Apple as well as further investment in new displays. Gurman has a very good track record with his rumors when it comes to Apple products, and he was spot on with his report on what to expect from Apple’s first hardware event in 2022, correctly predicting the Mac Studio both in name and position in the market, as well as the refresh of the iPhone SE 5G and the iPad Air.
Probable new line of chips from Apple
While Apple said the M1 Ultra was the last chip it made in the M1 family, the company also said the Mac Pro was the only computing product that didn’t switch to Apple Silicon. Gurman argues that both of these things may be true and that the future Mac Pro, which he says is still a long way off, could run on either of the two chip configurations.
The first is that the Mac Pro will have two M1 Ultra chips, which would double the performance of the M1 Ultra with 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores. The other possibility, especially given the timeline it thinks of the Mac Pro, is that Apple will hold off on releasing the new Mac Pro until its M2 Ultra and dual M2 Ultra (which it calls M2 Extreme) are ready.
Gurman thinks the latter of these two situations is more likely as he doesn’t expect the Mac Pro to debut until the new M2 device refresh later this year and it would be strange to see another M1 product released. after the fall of M2. . Gurman expects at least two or three new Macs to launch by the summer of 2022, and a refresh of the current Mac mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 24-inch iMac to show up this year and next. That would mean the Mac Pro wouldn’t appear until after that, maybe in the middle or later in 2023.
With that in mind, Gurman expects the following five M2 chips to come next from Apple:
- M2: eight processor cores and nine or 10 graphics cores
- M2 Pro: 12 CPU cores and 16 graphics cores
- M2 Max: 12 CPU cores and 32 graphics cores
- M2 Ultra: 24 CPU cores and 48 or 64 graphics cores
- M2 Extreme: 48 CPU cores and 96 or 128 graphics cores
Apple has discontinued the 27-inch iMac for now. While it’s possible the iMac Pro will make a comeback, it probably won’t happen anytime soon. Apple has already positioned the Mac Studio as a replacement for the 27-inch iMac, and the 27-inch iMac isn’t mentioned as part of Apple’s M1 refresh of its product line.
The Pro Display XDR gets a makeover
Apple seems to be solidly back in the display game. Gurman reports that an update to the Pro Display XDR is already in development and he thinks it could be upgraded to 7K. That said, he expects it to launch alongside the new Mac Pro, which means it might not make a public appearance until next year.
While Gurman says more displays are on the way, those hoping for more diversity in Apple’s lineup beyond the Studio Display and Pro Display XDR shouldn’t get their hopes up. There’s no indication that Apple will release more displays beyond these two, at least not for the next two years. This means that those who want a pure monitor without a webcam or speakers from Apple will have no other option than the Pro Display XDR.