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According to Bloomberg’s renowned tech expert, Mark Gurman, the eagerly anticipated M3 chip won’t be gracing the initial wave of Macs this year. While Gurman asserts that an M3 version of the Mac mini is undoubtedly on the horizon, it won’t be hitting the shelves anytime soon, with a likely release date of late 2024 at the earliest. In essence, the Mac mini won’t make the cut for the first series of M3 Macs scheduled for launch.
The same fate awaits the much-anticipated 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, which won’t be making their debut in October this year with the M3 chip. Instead, we can expect these new MacBook Pro machines to be powered by the M3 Pro and M3 Max chips, slated for a probable mid-2024 release.
Gurman has observed that Apple’s approach to refreshing its Mac mini lineup differs from its strategy for high-end MacBook Pros. The M2 Mac mini was released more than two years after the M1 version, suggesting that Apple doesn’t view the Mac mini as a device requiring annual updates. In contrast, the immensely popular high-end MacBook Pro sees a refresh cycle of approximately four to five quarters.
Speaking of the M3 chip’s anticipated launch, Gurman recently reported that it could potentially hit the market as early as October this year. The initial offerings featuring the M3 chip are expected to include the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and 24-inch iMac. Notably, the M3 chip is rumored to leverage TSMC’s cutting-edge 3nm process, promising significant performance enhancements and power efficiency compared to the existing 5nm-based M2 chip found in current devices.
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With Apple’s dedicated fanbase eagerly waiting for the next-generation Macs equipped with the M3 chip, it seems that patience will be the key, as the Mac mini and high-end MacBook Pro enthusiasts will have to wait until 2024 to get their hands on the cutting-edge technology. Nevertheless, the upcoming lineup promises to be worth the wait, as the M3 chip’s advanced capabilities are expected to usher in a new era of performance and efficiency for Apple’s computing devices.