Apple’s new Mac Pro will likely be less powerful than originally planned

When Apple released its first MacBooks with its proprietary M1 chip in June 2020, company boss Tim Cook said that within two years all Macs would be running on Apple silicon.

It didn’t exactly happen. Apple has switched to M1 and M2 chips in most of its product lines, but the company’s most powerful computer, the Mac Pro, can still only be configured with Intel processors.

That’s because Apple is building a slightly different new Mac Pro than originally planned, according to a new report from Bloomberg.


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The company initially planned to build the Mac Pro around the M1 chip, with two main configurations: one as powerful as two M1 Max chips combined, and another as powerful as four M1 Max chips combined.

The first of these chips eventually saw the light of day in the Mac Studio as the M1 Ultra, but the Mac Pro was delayed until a later date. At this point Apple was considering building the Mac Pro around the new “M2 Ultra” and its most powerful chip ever, the “M2 Extreme”.

This last chip would have 48 CPU cores and 152 graphics cores and would be an absolute beast, but Apple decided that a Mac Pro based on this chip was likely to be niche and prohibitively expensive (starting at $10,000) for most buyers would .

All of which brings us to Apple’s current plans to ostensibly build the Mac Pro just around the M2 Ultra. Like its predecessor, it should also be a versatile machine, with options to expand memory, storage and other components.

Other new products Apple is working on include a new version of the Mac mini running on either an M2 or M2 Pro chip; new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops with a choice of M2 Pro and M2 Max chips and (possibly) a new iMac Pro with Apple silicon. Finally, Apple is also working on successors to its Studio Display and Pro Display XDR.

However, the launch time of these products can be very different. The new MacBook Pro laptops are slated to arrive “early next year.” There’s no word on when the new Mac Pro, Mac mini, or iMac will arrive, although it sounds like they should be available sometime in 2023. As for the new standalone displays, they’ll likely launch alongside the Macs they’re best matched with. Apple’s new Mac Pro will likely be less powerful than originally planned

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