Apple just last month rounded out the M1 family of first-generation Apple Silicon for Macs when it unveiled the M1 Ultra System-on-a-Chip (SoC) at its ‘Peek Performance’ event.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant is expected to launch a slew of new Macs powered by its second-generation M2 chip (and upscaled variants) next, with the first models pegged to show up at or around WWDC 2022 in June.
However, veteran Apple analyst Mark Gurman said in this week’s edition of his Power On newsletter that the company is already working on third-generation Apple Silicon, which he tentatively called ‘M3’.
Gurman reiterated that Apple is working on several versions of its M2 chip for different Macs, including.
- A base M2 chip for a new MacBook Air, entry-level MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.
- M2 Pro and M2 Max chips for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
- A high-end M2 Ultra chip for the Mac Pro.
But the analyst believes Apple could launch an iMac powered by its M3 chip as early as sometime next year.
Since then, I’ve heard that the M2 chips aren’t the only one in testing within Apple. And if you’re waiting for a new iMac, i’m hearing an M3 version of that desktop is already in the works – though I imagine it won’t launch until the end of next year at the earliest. Also, for those asking, I still think an iMac Pro is coming. It just won’t be anytime soon.
Not much is known about Apple’s M3 processor beyond the fact that it is already under development at the company.
Right now, the only iMac sold by Apple is the 24-inch model from 2021 that sports an M1 chip under the hood.
Apple last month discontinued its 27-inch iMac, and subsequent reports indicated that the company “currently has no plans to release a larger-screen iMac in the near future.” It will be interesting to see whether Apple sticks the M3 chip in a refresh of last year’s 24-inch iMac, or brings the 27-inch form factor back from the grave to wield the more performant hardware.