Earlier this week, Apple announced new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air fashions, the primary Mac updates of the yr that includes M3 sequence chips. However there are different Macs in Apple’s lineup nonetheless to be up to date to the most recent M3 processors.

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So, the place do the Mac mini, Mac Studio, and Mac Professional match into Apple’s M3 roadmap for the yr forward? This is what the most recent rumors say.

Mac Mini

Apple introduced ‌M2‌ and ‌M2‌ Professional Mac mini fashions in January 2023, which on the time of writing is over 400 days in the past.

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Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman stated in July that he believes a brand new Mac mini will not emerge until late 2024 at the earliest, and we have not heard some other rumors that transfer the dial since then. Alternatively, Apple might select to not improve the Mac mini this yr and skip the M3 completely. Roughly 26 months handed between the launch of the M1 Mac mini and the replace to the M2 Mac mini​​. Going ahead, maybe the corporate has an 18-month improve cycle in thoughts, which might imply we may see an M4 Mac mini within the spring of 2025.

Mac Studio

Apple up to date the ‌Mac Studio with ‌M2‌ sequence chips in June 2023. ‌Mac Studio‌ fashions include both the ‌M2‌ Max or ‌M2‌ Extremely chip, so logic would counsel we must always count on equal M3 variants.

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Nevertheless, in line with a January report by Taiwanese analysis agency TrendForce, a brand new Mac Studio mannequin will launch in mid-2024 with a extra highly effective M3 Extremely chip than we’d in any other case count on.

In response to the report, the M3 Extremely chip shall be fabricated with TSMC’s N3E node, similar to the A18 chip that’s anticipated to debut within the iPhone 16 lineup later this yr. This implies it might be Apple’s first N3E chip. N3E is an enhanced model of TSMC’s 3nm course of, providing barely higher efficiency and better manufacturing yield.

A few days after the TrendForce report, Gurman stated he believes Apple is engaged on a brand new Mac Studio that’s more likely to be provided with the as-yet-unannounced fourth variant of the M3 chip. It will, like earlier generations, double the elements of the “Max” model, that means that it’ll function as much as 32 CPU cores and 80 GPU cores. Gurman says that it’s more likely to launch within the second half of 2024.

Mac Professional

Together with the Mac Studio, Apple up to date the Mac Professional with ‌M2‌ sequence chips throughout WWDC in June 2023. The ‌Mac Professional‌ is simply accessible in a single chip configuration, and at present ships with the ‌M2‌ Extremely chip that is used within the Mac Studio.

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Logically then, we must always count on the following ‌Mac Professional‌ to obtain an replace so as to add the identical M3 Extremely chip alongside the ‌Mac Studio‌, similar to it obtained the ‌M2‌ Extremely chip final yr. Like earlier generations, this can probably double the elements of the “Max” model, that means that it’ll function as much as 32 CPU cores and 80 GPU cores.

Certainly, Gurman thinks Apple is more likely to refresh the Mac Professional with this new high-end chip within the second half of the year. Notably, he doesn’t consider that Apple is more likely to once more abandon the machine after just one yr.

MacBook Professional – Already Up to date

Apple in November 2023 updated its MacBook Pro lineup with M3 and M3 Professional chips, so the corporate’s work is already executed in that regard.

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Apple has thus far adopted an 18-month cycle of M1 to M2, and M2 to M3, so it might be cheap to imagine a 2025 launch for M4 MacBook Professional fashions if Apple sticks with the identical tempo. By the way, such a roadmap tallies with rumors of the primary MacBook Professional with an OLED display and possibly even a touchscreen.