Back in March 2022, Apple debuted the newest addition to the Mac lineup as part of the company’s transition to Apple Silicon for its desktop and laptop computers, and that is the Mac Studio.
The Mac Studio is Apple’s high-end workstation desktop that takes up the same footprint on your desk as the Mac mini. This machine currently features either the M1 Max or the M1 Ultra chip – Apple’s most powerful desktop-class chip for the Mac yet. Just recently, Apple announced the next-generation M2 Max chip that’s found in both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and the next-generation Mac Studio, whose models are codenamed “Mac 14,13” and “Mac 14,14”, is expected to introduce the M2 Ultra that will feature a 24-core CPU and 60-core GPU with a maximum upgrade of 192 GB of unified memory. In other words, all of those specs are double their respectable specs for the M2 Max.
So what about the Mac Pro? John Turnus mentioned back last March that the announcement for that desktop would be for another day; however, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg has noted that although the M2 Ultra was originally planned for the Apple Silicon-based Mac Pro, plans for that upcoming machine have been up in the air. Therefore, the company would bring that chip to the Mac Studio, which will be the best solution for creative professionals who need the maximum performance and capabilities of their workstation.
For the other Macs, Apple is expected to debut the long-awaited 15-inch MacBook Air as the company internally announced to its retails that it would start accepting Mac Studio and M2 MacBook Air into its trade-in program beginning next week, which will be the week that Apple will host its annual WWDC. For the next generation of Apple Silicon, we expect the first Macs with the M3 chip as soon as the end of this year. This could include the upcoming MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and iMac.
The WWDC 2023 opening keynote will go live on June 15 at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. UTC.