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Apple Tests High-End Macs with Advanced M2 Chips, Expected to Debut at WWDC

Apple is speculated to showcase high-performance Macs powered by its advanced M2 chips at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

Apple Testing High-End Macs with New M2 Chips for WWDC

Apple is anticipated to unveil a range of new products at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), including potentially two innovative Mac desktop computers. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is currently examining a pair of high-performance Macs, equipped with its unannounced M2 Max processor and the M2 Ultra chip.

Apple introduced the M2 Max in its 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops and the Mac mini computer earlier this year. The rumored desktop featuring this chip is likely to include 8 high-performance cores, 4 efficiency cores, and 30 graphics cores. Additionally, it's expected to offer 96 GB of RAM and come pre-installed with macOS 13.4, the latest iteration of Apple's computer software.

The yet-to-be-announced M2 Ultra chip is rumored to be the more powerful of the two, boasting double the processing cores. The chip is projected to feature 16 high-performance, 8 efficiency, and 60 graphics cores. Apple is also allegedly offering an upgraded version with 76 graphics cores and testing configurations with 64GB, 128GB, and 192GB of memory.

Interestingly, Gurman suggests that the M2 Ultra was originally conceptualized for future versions of the Mac Pro, which currently employs Intel processors. However, Mac Pros are being tested under the codename Mac 14,8, while the upcoming high-end desktops powered by the M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips are codenamed Mac 14,13 and Mac 14,14. This suggests that these machines could be entirely different desktop PCs, potentially new iterations of the Mac Studio, which currently uses the M1 Max or the M1 Ultra.

Aside from high-end desktop computers, WWDC may also witness the launch of new Apple laptops. Possibilities include a 15-inch MacBook Air equipped with a processor comparable to Apple's current-generation M2 chip and a more budget-friendly version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.