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Apple tests M3 Pro chipset with 12 cores for MacBook Pro

The Apple M3 Pro chipset contains a 12-core CPU, an 18-core GPU and 36 GB of memory and is expected to arrive next year.
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According to an App Store developer log obtained by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is testing a new processor. The chipset contains a 12-core CPU, an 18-core GPU and 36 GB of memory and is to be used in a future high-end MacBook Pro. macOS 14 was already on board as the operating system, which Apple is expected to present at WWDC next month.

According to Gurman, this chipset could be the upcoming M3 Pro for the next 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The next generation of MacBooks is expected to hit the market next year. The chipset is said to be manufactured based on TSMC’s 3 Nm process. The M3 Pro would thus deliver significantly more performance with lower power consumption at the same time.

The current Apple M2 Pro in the 14-inch MacBook Pro has a 10-core CPU, a 16-core GPU and at least 16 GB of memory. So the M3 Pro chip would have at least two additional cores for both the CPU and the GPU. Apple last updated the two current MacBook Pros in January. Therefore, Apple notebooks are unlikely to get the next update before 2024.

But Apple has yet to release the regular M3 chip before the M3 Pro and M3 Max versions come later. The base M3 is slated to land in new iMac, MacBook Air, and low-end MacBook Pro models. Gurman believes the first Macs with the M3 chip will be available later this year or early next year.

Gurman also said that the long-rumored 15-inch MacBook Air will launch this summer with the M2 chip. The presentation is also scheduled to take place at WWDC, which begins with the Apple keynote on June 5th.

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