Apple is testing an M3 Pro chip for MacBook Pro. The Cupertino company seems to be already working on the next generation of MacBook Pro with M3 chips on board. According to an App Store developer log obtained by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is testing an as-yet-unreleased chip with a 12-core CPU, 18-core GPU, and 36GB of memory. The chip would be in testing inside a future high-end MacBook Pro running the macOS 14 update, to be announced at WWDC next month.
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In his Power On newsletter today, Gurman said this chip could be the base model M3 Pro for future 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros launching next year. The chip is expected to be manufactured based on TSMC’s 3nm manufacturing process to achieve significant improvements in performance and power efficiency.
Currently, the base M2 Pro chip in the 14-inch MacBook Pro has a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU and starts with 16GB of memory. The M3 Pro chip, on the other hand, will have at least two additional cores for both the CPU and GPU. Apple last updated the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros in January, so the laptops are unlikely to be updated again before 2024. Also, Apple has yet to release the standard M3 chip before moving to the M3 Pro chips, and M3 Max.
Gurman reports that Apple is working on new low-end iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models with the M3 chip, and the first Macs with this chip are expected to be released late this year or early next. Finally, the 15-inch MacBook Air with M2 chip will be launched this summer, but it is not clear whether this is the commercialization or the actual announcement, which was supposed to take place during WWDC 2023.