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Apple is set to launch the first Macs with the next-generation M3 Apple Silicon chip either at the end of this year or early 2024, according to Mark Gurman in his Power On Newsletter. Gurman also detailed the potential configuration of the M3 lineup, based on developer logs of apps running on prototype M3 Macs.
His source, which has accurately predicted previous Apple Silicon configurations, revealed that the M3 Pro chip would feature 12 CPU cores, 18 GPU cores, and 36 GB RAM. If this chip configuration comes to fruition, it would mean a slight upgrade from the current M2 Pro chip, with two more CPU cores, two more GPU cores, and slightly more maximum RAM.
The M3 Pro chip will reportedly have six high-performance cores and six efficiency cores, compared to the M2 Pro chip’s six high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. This increase in efficiency cores follows a similar trend to the jump from M1 to M2, where the core increase was due to a higher count of efficiency cores, while the number of high-performance cores remained the same.
The M3 chip line will be made using a 3-nanometer fabrication process, allowing for a higher density of cores and improved performance of each core. This suggests that the six M3 cores will likely be faster than their M2 counterparts, making it not just about comparing the number of cores overall.
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Apple is expected to launch a 15-inch MacBook Air running on an M2 chip at WWDC in June, with the first M3 Macs not due until the fall or early 2024. Gurman has also reported that Apple is already working on M3 versions of MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac.
Apple’s shift to in-house Silicon has resulted in improved performance and battery life on its devices, making them more powerful than ever. The M3 chip promises to continue this trend and take Apple’s Mac lineup to the next level.