Apple Mac Pro may be equipped with M2 Extreme chip
Apple has switched to its own M-series chips based on the ARM architecture since the end of 2020, but almost two years have passed. In the current Mac product line, there are still Mac Pros that are still using Intel chips. Although Apple has revealed that this workstation computer is determined to complete its Apple Silicon layout, it has not been updated for a long time. Until recently, it was reported that Apple is holding back a big move, and the new Mac Pro will be equipped with M2 Ultra or M2 Extreme with at least 2 times to 4 times the performance of existing chips.
According to the latest announcement from Apple product whistleblower Mark Gurman, the M2 Max on the new Mac Pro will be a 12-core CPU + 38-core GPU, while the high-end M2 Ultra will be a 24-core CPU + 76-core GPU. There is even a more top-level M2 Extreme with a new suffix, which will have an exaggerated specification of 48-core CPU + 152-core GPU, with a maximum of 256GB unified memory. This should be because the Mac Pro has a relatively large chassis space and cooling system, and Apple can “unscrupulously” pile up specifications.
According to the UltraFusion design of the M1 Ultra chip, Apple can combine two M1 Max into one M1 Ultra, and the new M2 Ultra should also operate in the same way, and the M2 Extreme is made up of four M2 Pros. In addition, the Apple chip should also improve the AI acceleration performance of the Neural Engine, and the multimedia unit will also be strengthened to support more channels of ultra-high-definition video codecs, etc., so the overall performance will be doubled compared to M1 Max/Ultra.
However, the new Mac Pro will not be launched until next year. As for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, it is also expected to be equipped with the M2 Pro or M2 Max chip, and the Mac mini will also be upgraded to the M2 chip. Mark Gurman believes that these three new machines should be launched this year.