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Apple is testing laptops and desktops running next-generation M2 SoCs, according to developer nodollars. The company started testing some of these systems quite some time ago, and they could be part of the WWDC conference in June.

The company is testing at least nine new Macs based on the M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max and M2 Ultra SoCs, according to a Bloomberg report. Previous leaks have shown that the M2 family is largely based on Apple’s A15 Bionic architectures, so the new report largely confirms this information and sheds light on the capabilities of the new processors.

M1 M2 M1 Pro M2 Pro M1 Max M2 Max
Performance
Cores
4x Firestorm 4x Avalanche 8x Firestorm 8x Avalanche 8x Firestorm 8x Avalanche
Efficiency
Cores
4x Icestorm 4x Blizzard 2x Icestorm 4x Blizzard 2x Icestorm 4x Blizzard
GPU Clusters 7 or 8 to 10 14 or 16 )Up to 16 24 or 32 up to 38
Related Mobile SoC A14 Bionic A15 Bionic A14 Bionic A15 Bionic A14 Bionic A15 Bionic
Production N5 N5P N5 N5P N5 N5P

It looks like the new M2 chips won’t jump in core count, but will be powered by a GPU with more clusters. The M2 Pro will get two more productivity cores. The M2 Max, on the other hand, will come with more efficiency cores and a more advanced GPU.

Since the new SoCs will be manufactured using TSMC’s N5P (advanced 5nm) fabrication technology, Apple was unable to significantly increase the number of CPU cores and GPU clusters. Therefore, we expect moderate performance gains from architectural improvements, minor performance gains from increased core/cluster counts, and higher frequencies.

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M2 M2 Pro M2 Max M2 Ultra
MacBook Air J413
MacBook Pro 13 J493
MacBook Pro 14 J414 (?) J414 (?)
MacBook Pro 16 J416 (?) J416 (?)
Mac Mini J473 J474
Mac Pro J180

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