Apple ramps up testing of M3 chips ahead of launch later this year: Report


  • Apple is expected to launch the first Macs powered by M3 chips later this year
  • Contrary to previous reports, the first M3-toting Macs won’t arrive until late 2023 or early 2024
  • The upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air is likely to run on an existing Apple M2 chip

Although it was initially believed that Apple’s M3 line of MacBooks would arrive by June, there’s new reporting suggesting the contrary. According to well-known source of Apple leaks and Bloomberg contributor Mark Gurman, Apple is currently upping the pace of testing for the M3 chip.

Moreover, Gurman cites an App Store developer who found references for a version of the M3 chip with a 12-core CPU and 18-core GPU. Furthermore, this chip was accompanied by 36GB of RAM. Gurman made these revelations as part of the weekly Power On newsletter, adding that the first Macs running the new chipset will only reach shelves by later this year or early 2024.

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As for the CPU configuration, the M3 chip under testing would reportedly use six high-performance cores and six efficient ones. Gurman offered some information on the more-powerful M3 Max and M3 Pro chipsets, with the former reportedly featuring 14 CPU cores backed by a 40-core GPU. Meanwhile, the Apple M3 Ultra could offer an even bigger upgrade, with an estimated 80-core GPU said to be on board.

Some of the info shared by Gurman is too early to confirm, so we’re taking it with a grain of salt for the time being. But considering Apple’s recent decline in Mac sales, a big upgrade could prove to be the saving grace for the manufacturer in the next few years.

MacBook Pro 2022 with M2

MacBook Pro 2022 with M2

Will we hear more about Apple M3 at WWDC?

There has been talk about Apple taking the wraps off the 15-inch MacBook Air at WWDC, possibly running the M2 chip, but it’s not officially confirmed yet. Apple could also provide some insight into its future hardware, such as the M3 chipset during the course of the event, which will run from June 5 to June 9, 2023.

As we’ve already detailed on numerous occasions, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference has a lot of developer-related content on offer, such as the new operating systems for iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, Apple TVs, and more.

Source: Bloomberg

Via: GSMArena