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According to analyst and journalist Mark Gurman, the future of the Mac Studio is in question. In his latest edition of the “Power On” newsletter, Gurman explains that the upcoming Mac Pro, equipped with the M2 Ultra chip, shares similar functionality with the Mac Studio. As a result, it wouldn’t make sense for Apple to release two similar machines simultaneously.
Gurman suggests that Apple may never update the Mac Studio or wait until the release of the M3 or M4 series chips to refresh the device. This would give the company an opportunity better to differentiate the Mac Studio from the Mac Pro and establish its positioning in the market.
Despite rumors of a next-generation Mac Studio, no concrete information has been released. Gurman’s remarks are the strongest indication that a new version of the machine may not be on the horizon.
Apple recently scaled back its plans for the first Apple silicon Mac Pro, opting for the M2 Ultra chip rather than the previously reported “M2 Extreme“. With reduced modularity and similar performance, the upcoming Mac Pro may render the Mac Studio redundant. It is likely that Apple will wait until it can work out a better strategy for the Mac Studio’s future before releasing a new version.