Rumors are brewing around Apple's plans for the next iteration of its M3 chip lineup. Apple appears to be testing a new computer on its campus, which many speculate could be an M3-powered Mac Mini, set to debut in 2024.
The computer, identified as Mac 15,12, is currently in the testing phase at Apple's facility. While it's not confirmed to be a Mac Mini, the device being tested boasts an eight-core CPU, a 10-core GPU, and an impressive 24GB of RAM, running on macOS Sonoma 14.1. Notably, these specifications align closely with the base model M2 Mac Mini, albeit with a significant RAM upgrade from the standard 8GB.
However, before enthusiasts get too excited, it's worth noting that a jump to 24GB RAM for the base model would be a considerable surprise.
In a recent earnings call, Apple projected a double-digit drop in Mac revenue for the year's last quarter. Furthermore, the first M3-powered Macs are not expected before October 2024, marking the start of the fiscal year's first quarter.
With these developments, the anticipated M3 Mac lineup now potentially includes six models, encompassing Apple's primary desktops and laptops. This also includes an eagerly-awaited iMac refresh, its first since 2021. On the other hand, the Mac Studio and Mac Pro, which transitioned to Apple's M2 silicon just this year, are not anticipated to receive the M3 update anytime soon. For those interested in Apple's latest offerings, reviews of the 2023 Mac Studio and Mac Pro are available to delve into.