Next Mac Pro chip could be 4x more powerful than M2 Max

Next Mac Pro chip could be 4x more powerful than M2 Max


Logic Pro X on 2019 Mac Pro
The upcoming Mac Pro needs to be very powerful to outmatch the current model.
Photo: Apple

The M-series processor in the upcoming Mac Pro desktop will reportedly give it a dramatic speed boost. It could be “at least” 2x or 4x as powerful as Apple’s upcoming M2 Max chip for high-end MacBooks.

The previous Pro desktop is the last in Apple’s product lineup still designed around an Intel chip. Apple is allegedly building processors that can beat it.

Get ready for Mac Pro with 48-core M-series processor

The 2019 Mac Pro is a crazy powerful macOS workstation thanks to it 28-core Xeon processor.  Even the M1 Ultra in the Mac Studio can’t match it.

But Apple is hard at work on even more powerful M2-series processors. That will start with the M2 Pro and M2 Max, enhanced versions of the speedy chip in the 2022 MacBook Air. The new Pro and Max are expected to debut in the 2022 MacBook Pro in November.

And there’s a processor coming that suitable for a workstation. Mark Gurman with Bloomberg was told by unnamed sources that the next Mac Pro “will include chip options that are at least twice or four times as powerful as the M2 Max.”

The M1 Ultra has 20 CPU cores. Gurman predicts that the next macOS workstation “will be offered with options for 24 and 48 CPU cores and 76 and 152 graphics cores — along with up to 256 gigabytes of memory.”

The next-generation Mac Pro with the most powerful M-series processors yet is rumored to launch in 2023. Its predecessor started at $5999, and the new model will likely be at least as expensive.


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