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Apple will reportedly introduce the M2 chip with four new Macs this year

Apple will reportedly introduce the M2 chip with four new Macs this year

According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman's Power On newsletter, Apple is preparing to release several new Macs with the M2 chip later this year. Gurman expects the company to introduce a 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, 24-inch iMac and a redesigned MacBook Air, all outfitted with the rumored M2 chip.

Apple hasn't given any hints about a potential M2 chip, but Gurman thinks its CPU will be slightly faster than the M1, and it will share the same eight-core architecture. However, its graphics cores can jump from seven or eight to nine or 10. In 2023, Gurman thinks Apple may release Pro and Max versions of the M2 chip -- just like it did for the M1 chip -- as well as announce the M3 chip. ,

It's been over a year since Apple first announced its first in-house M1 chip in November 2020, and several months after the debut of its M1 Pro and M1 Max. As Apple continues to distance itself from Intel silicon, it has a few other Macs on tap to possibly round out any remaining Intel-powered devices from its lineup. Gurman expects a larger iMac Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options to replace his current 27-inch iMac Pro, as well as a smaller Mac Pro that "comes with the equivalent of two or four M1 Max chips". " And while the Mac mini already comes with the M1 chip, Gurman expects it to get an upgraded M1 Pro option (in addition to the M2 variation).

As far as the timeline goes, Gurman says Apple will release new Macs in March and again in May or June. Apple has already been tipped to reveal a 5G iPhone SE, 5G iPad Air and possibly a new Mac on March 8 as a rumor. It's also set to roll out to iOS 15.4, which also comes with face mask-friendly Face ID, in March. The iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 are not expected until later this year.

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