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Two of the new devices Apple is anticipated to introduce at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in a few days may be new Mac desktop PCs. The computer giant has been testing a few high-end Macs with its new M2 Max CPU and the M2 Ultra chip, which the company has not yet announced, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg.
You may recall that earlier this year, Apple introduced the M2 Max on its 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro computers as well as its Mac mini computer. According to reports, the desktop CPU would contain 30 graphics cores, 4 efficiency cores, and 8 high-performance cores. It will also be equipped with 96 GB of RAM and the most recent version of the company’s operating system for computers, macOS 13.4.
The undisclosed M2 Ultra processor, which has twice as many computing cores, is thought to be the more potent choice of the two. In particular, Bloomberg reports that the company will sell a more potent version with 76 graphics cores, but the chip is anticipated to contain 16 high-performance, 8 efficiency, and 60 graphics cores. Apple is apparently testing the M2 Ultra-equipped PC in memory configurations with 64GB, 128GB, and 192GB.
Gurman adds that the M2 Ultra was initially created for Mac Pro models that will come out in the future and still use Intel processors. However, the new high-end desktops with the M2 Max and M2 Ultra CPUs are called Mac 14,13 and Mac 14,14, while the Mac Pros are testing at the moment under the codename Mac 14,8. That probably indicates they are entirely distinct desktop computers, possibly updated versions of the Mac Studio, which is now powered by the M1 Max or the M1 Ultra.
Apple may introduce new laptops at WWDC in addition to high-end desktop machines. A cheaper version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is also a possibility, as is a 15-inch MacBook Air with a processor “on par” with the current-generation M2 chip from the tech giant.