At least nine Macs with M2 Apple Silicon chips are reportedly in development

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Internal developer logs indicate that testing of nine computers with the next generation of Apple Silicon is well underway.

The new MacBook Air will come in a variety of colors


Apple's new M2 chip may be closer than ever. A report on late Thursday claims that Apple is testing nine Mac models with the next-generation M2 chips.

Internal developer logs that Bloomberg claims to have seen reportedly say that nine models are currently being tested.

MacBook Air with M2 chip

The report claims that the long-rumored MacBook Air with an M2 chip, has an eight-core CPU and 10-core GPU. The current M1 Air models debuted at the Apple Silicon hardware launch in 2020, and come with either seven- or eight-core GPUs.

Mac mini with M2 series of chips

The log also named a Mac mini with an M2 chip, as well as a variant of the Mac mini with an M2 Pro chip.

Back in March 2022, rumors suggest that the next Mac mini might come in M2 and M2 Pro configurations.

MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips

More notably, the testing documents reportedly hint at the configurations for the next upgrade to the MacBook Pro line.

On the 14-inch MacBook Pro front, one model tested featured an M2 Pro chip, while another has an M2 Max chip.

While the current M1 Max chip comes with 10 CPU cores in either 24- or 32-core GPU configurations, the upgraded Max chip featured 12 CPU cores and 38 GPU cores. While M1 Max can be configured to use either 32 or 64 GB of memory, the version tested uses 64 GB of RAM.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro also had models in testing that featured M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.

Mac Pro tested with a successor to the M1 processor

Internal testing has also hinted at a Mac Pro with a processor that will be a "successor to the M1 Ultra chip." No other details are available.

Mac models using more powerful chips in M1 line

There are also Mac models tested with the more powerful SoCs within the M1 line that aren't currently available to customers.

There is a Mac mini with an M1 Pro chip, as well as a Mac mini with an M1 Max chip listed in the logs. For reference, the Mac mini available in April 2022 uses an M1 chip.

As pointed out in Thursday's report, these logs previously predicted the names of the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors.

Back in July of 2021, it had been rumored that the next-generation M2 chip would arrive with a redesigned MacBook Air in 2022, with a colorful design similar to the iMac.

In March 2022, updated rumors suggest that the redesigned MacBook Air will instead arrive late 2022, with updated MacBook Pros coming in 2023 instead.

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  • Reply 1 of 37
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 2,217member
    The Mini is on my radar. A Mini with dual 4k screens~27 inch or so. 
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  • Reply 2 of 37
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,608member
    The log also named a Mac mini with an M2 chip, as well as a variant of the Mac mini with an M2 Pro chip.

    Who hoo!
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  • Reply 3 of 37
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 1,394member
    Literally can’t wait for these. 

    Very curious to discover the basis for the M2 - whether A15 or A16 - and the corresponding architecture improvements. 

    Apple obviously did not feel the current M1 Ultra, as ridiculously powerful as it is, was worthy of Mac Pro or even high end iMac status. But it’s coming with M2. Intel is redlining to compete snd the M2 is coming. If Apple improves the GPU architecture by a noticeable amount, it’s going to be nuclear. 

    Would love to see power consumption in the Mac Pro be elevated and GHZ ratings elevated. Let the thing eat. 
    edited April 14 marc gargonaut
  • Reply 4 of 37
    simply258simply258 Posts: 129member
    There is absolutely no excuse for not having an updated chip in Mac Mini already.
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  • Reply 5 of 37
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 2,217member
    simply258 said:
    There is absolutely no excuse for not having an updated chip in Mac Mini already.
    I’ve read multiple places that it looks like the M series chips are running on an 18 month cycle between generations. There’s the excuse. 
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  • Reply 6 of 37
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,363member
    simply258 said:
    There is absolutely no excuse for not having an updated chip in Mac Mini already.
    Even if it the Mac mini wasn't completely within Apple's pattern of upgrades, there's a whole world of excuses.  Have you read the news recently?

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  • Reply 7 of 37
    crowley said:
    simply258 said:
    There is absolutely no excuse for not having an updated chip in Mac Mini already.
    Even if it the Mac mini wasn't completely within Apple's pattern of upgrades, there's a whole world of excuses.  Have you read the news recently?

    At the very least, offer the M2 chip as an upgrade. I am definitely not buying an M1 mini when an M2 chip exists.
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  • Reply 8 of 37
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 1,913member
    simply258 said:
    crowley said:
    simply258 said:
    There is absolutely no excuse for not having an updated chip in Mac Mini already.
    Even if it the Mac mini wasn't completely within Apple's pattern of upgrades, there's a whole world of excuses.  Have you read the news recently?

    At the very least, offer the M2 chip as an upgrade. I am definitely not buying an M1 mini when an M2 chip exists.
    Then you will never buy as when the M2 family of chips are on sale the M3 even maybe some early M4s will already exist. 
    edited April 15 marc gtdknoxwilliamlondonlkruppbandits1bonobobspock1234Alex1Nargonautmac daddy zee
  • Reply 9 of 37
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,363member
    simply258 said:
    crowley said:
    simply258 said:
    There is absolutely no excuse for not having an updated chip in Mac Mini already.
    Even if it the Mac mini wasn't completely within Apple's pattern of upgrades, there's a whole world of excuses.  Have you read the news recently?
    At the very least, offer the M2 chip as an upgrade. I am definitely not buying an M1 mini when an M2 chip exists.
    So Apple shouldn't do any testing or quality assurance before stocking the shelves?

    No thanks.
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  • Reply 10 of 37
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,146member
    Apple's new M2 chip may be closer than ever.
    This is literally true at every moment. 
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  • Reply 11 of 37
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,146member
    simply258 said:
    crowley said:
    simply258 said:
    There is absolutely no excuse for not having an updated chip in Mac Mini already.
    Even if it the Mac mini wasn't completely within Apple's pattern of upgrades, there's a whole world of excuses.  Have you read the news recently?

    At the very least, offer the M2 chip as an upgrade. I am definitely not buying an M1 mini when an M2 chip exists.
    It’s not released yet, Veruca Salt. 
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  • Reply 12 of 37
    mac_dogmac_dog Posts: 993member
    And as we all know, Bloomberg is the epitome of factual news. /s
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  • Reply 13 of 37
    DoctorQDoctorQ Posts: 41member
    mac_dog said:
    And as we all know, Bloomberg is the epitome of factual news. /s
    Came here to say this: WARNING! Bloomberg!
  • Reply 14 of 37
    irelandireland Posts: 17,785member
    Tested 14" MBP in store and find it too thick at the front, as I've used MBA since 2012. Currently have MBA 2015 with SD Card slot. Want a thin and light, but want built-in SD Card port (important: built-in). FWP, but it's a pain in the ass Apple won't bring SD Card back to MBA like they are with MBP. They are bringing back MagSafe, but they should bring back SD Card and stop gimping their machines. MPB should be 2X everything MBA, but both machines should have same port variety for those users who love the thinner form factor and don't need 3X USB-4 ports and the additional power, fans and cooling a 1.5-2X speed machine would require.
    edited April 15 williamlondonlkrupp
  • Reply 15 of 37
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,038member
    ireland said:
    Tested 14" MBP in store and find it too thick at the front, as I've used MBA since 2012. Currently have MBA 2015 with SD Card slot. Want a thin and light, but want built-in SD Card port (important: built-in). FWP, but it's a pain in the ass Apple won't bring SD Card back to MBA like they are with MBP. They are bringing back MagSafe, but they should bring back SD Card and stop gimping their machines. MPB should be 2X everything MBA, but both machines should have same port variety for those users who love the thinner form factor and don't need 3X USB-4 ports and the additional power, fans and cooling a 1.5-2X speed machine would require.
    I guess it’s a Lenovo for you then.
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  • Reply 16 of 37
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,608member
    simply258 said:
    crowley said:
    simply258 said:
    There is absolutely no excuse for not having an updated chip in Mac Mini already.
    Even if it the Mac mini wasn't completely within Apple's pattern of upgrades, there's a whole world of excuses.  Have you read the news recently?

    At the very least, offer the M2 chip as an upgrade. I am definitely not buying an M1 mini when an M2 chip exists.
    Well everyone prefer an M2 mini, obviously (M2 Pro for me). However, what if the price differential was worth it for many people? It isn’t as though the M1 will operate instantly slower once the M2 comes out. If Apple still sells the M1 mini no doubt the price will drop.
    edited April 15 Alex1Nmac daddy zee
  • Reply 17 of 37
    How will they sell anymore Studios (with the M1 Max), if there’s a cheaper mini with M2, where the single core benchmarks (especially) are going to be substantially better? Seems odd that Apple would put their latest silicon in their cheapest machines first (it made sense with the initial roll out of M1, but they’ve not done this traditionally).

    I’m still waiting for my perpetually back-ordered maxed-spec MBP from my supplier. Maybe I should just cancel the order if M2 MBPs are coming this year, anyway.
  • Reply 18 of 37
    How will they sell anymore Studios (with the M1 Max), if there’s a cheaper mini with M2, where the single core benchmarks (especially) are going to be substantially better? Seems odd that Apple would put their latest silicon in their cheapest machines first (it made sense with the initial roll out of M1, but they’ve not done this traditionally). […]
    We’ll see, but the assumption is that it is based on how the fabrication process works — you don’t start with the most complex thing, instead you start with the most basic element, perfect your ability to make that, and only then do you start to scale up into increasingly larger and more complex configurations.
  • Reply 19 of 37
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,363member
    How will they sell anymore Studios (with the M1 Max), if there’s a cheaper mini with M2, where the single core benchmarks (especially) are going to be substantially better? Seems odd that Apple would put their latest silicon in their cheapest machines first (it made sense with the initial roll out of M1, but they’ve not done this traditionally).

    I’m still waiting for my perpetually back-ordered maxed-spec MBP from my supplier. Maybe I should just cancel the order if M2 MBPs are coming this year, anyway.
    I would imagine most people interested in the Mac Studio are more interested in the multi core and GPU performance anyway.  The current Mac mini can hold its own against the Studio in single core CPU metrics at a fraction of the price.
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  • Reply 20 of 37
    XedXed Posts: 1,476member
    simply258 said:
    There is absolutely no excuse for not having an updated chip in Mac Mini already.
    You claim there's no reason that Apple not to have updated the Mac mini with an M2 chip already. What's your reasoning for this? Where's your proof? Can you show me any evidence that the M2 chip is production ready at this point? Perhaps you haven't heard, but even Apple has had delays due to the pandemic, but even if that wasn't the case I think an 18 month schedule for Macs sounds like a reasonable time scale.

    If you really feel there is "no excuse" they why exactly would Apple be leaving money on the table?
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