According to Bloomberg, Apple is testing a new chip that uses 12 processing cores and 18 graphics cores. Tested inside a new MacBook Pro with 36GB of RAM and running macOS 14, the chip is apparently the base version of the M3 Pro.
In his latest report, Bloomberg reporter Mark German claimed that this chip could be the base version of the M3 Pro for the next generation MacBook Pro 14 and 16 inches; Products that we expect to be introduced early next year. The M3 family chips are produced with TSMC’s 3nm lithography, so they will experience significant improvements in terms of performance and energy efficiency.
Increasing processing and graphics cores in Apple’s M3 Pro chip
Currently, the base version of the M2 Pro chip, which is used in the 14-inch MacBook Pro, uses 10 processing cores and 16 graphics cores and comes with at least 16 GB of RAM. According to these features, the basic version of M3 Pro will have two processing cores and two graphics cores more.
According to Garman, Apple is working on a new low-end iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with the M3 chip. Cupertinos will unveil its standard version before introducing and releasing M3 Pro and Max chips. Therefore, devices equipped with the M3 chip are likely to be launched later this year.
According to a Bloomberg reporter, Apple will launch the 15-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip in the summer of this year, so we should not wait for the MacBook with the M3 chip for now. The 15-inch MacBook Air is expected to be officially announced during WWDC 2023, which starts on June 5.
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros are likely to be the first hosts of the M3 Pro and Max chips, and given that the current generation was introduced in January of this year, we’re likely to see the new generation in January 2024.