The future range of Mac M3 no longer holds so many secrets for us. By analyzing development logs, Bloomberg was able to draw up a precise list of models that will adopt this new chip, but also the technical specifications of each variant.
It’s been weeks that, little by little, the future range of Macs is becoming clearer and that the future M3 chips have revealed some of their secrets. This week, Bloombergwhich was already the source of most of this preliminary information, returns to the charge with much more complete data.
Based on logs development, Mark Gurman has indeed succeeded in determining the precise technical specifications of the various models of M3 chips, but also the list of Macs that will benefit from them. The journalist nevertheless specifies that these specifications could evolve slightly during the last months of the development of these various M3 chips. That said, this information gives us a very good idea of what we should find on Mac by the end of the year and during 2024.
Apple M3: which chip for which Mac?
Here is what Mark Gurman tells us, chip by chip:
- Specifications: Eight CPU cores (4 high performance cores + 4 high efficiency cores) and 10 GPU cores.
- Eligible Macs: 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, 15-inch MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac (unsurprisingly, the future iPad Pro will also feature an M3 chip within months)
Apple M3 Pro:
- Specifications: 12 CPU cores (6 high performance cores + 6 high efficiency cores) and 18 GPU cores for the basic version; 14 CPU cores (8 +6 cores) and 20 GPU cores for the high-end version
- Eligible Macs: 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini
Apple M3 Max:
- Specifications: 16 CPU cores (12 +4 cores) and 32 GPU cores for the base model; 16 CPU cores (12 +4 cores) and 40 GPU cores for the high-end variant.
- Eligible Macs: 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Studio
Apple M3 Ultra:
- Specifications: 32 CPU cores (24 +8 cores) and 64 GPU cores on the base version; 32 CPU cores (24 +8 cores) and 80 GPU cores on the high-end variant
- Eligible Macs: Mac Studio and Mac Pro.
More RAM for some MacBook Pro?
In addition to this information, Mark Gurman finally argues that Apple would increase the amount of RAM offered on certain configurations of its next 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro. We thus learn that the firm is currently testing models equipped with 36 GB and 48 GB of RAM. These new capacities could be offered for sale at a later date.
As a reminder, the M3 chips will be based on TSMC’s 3 nm engraving (compared to 5 nm currently), which would allow them to increase in power, and potentially also to gain in energy efficiency. As for the first M3 Macs, they should arrive on the market in October 2023. The M3 Pro, Max and Ultra versions will, however, be marketed from 2024 according to Mark Gurman.
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