December 1, 2023

After launching the iPhone 15 and the Apple Watch Collection 9 and Extremely 2 in September, Apple will announce extra new merchandise on October 30. The corporate’s “Scary Quick” keynote, which can kick off at 5 PM PT on Monday, is anticipated to be all about new Macs.

The normally well-informed Mark Gurman, who beforehand reported that we should always see new M3-based iMacs and MacBook Professional through the keynote, is again with extra particulars at present. The M3 would be the first Apple Silicon chip that makes use of a 3nm manufacturing course of, and it’s anticipated to carry important efficiency enhancements in comparison with M2-series chips.

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If final 12 months’s M2 chip made its debut in new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Professional fashions, Apple is anticipated to shake issues up a bit this 12 months. The 24-inch iMac needs to be the primary Mac to be upgraded with an M3 chip. This iMac hasn’t been up to date because the launch of the M1 model in Spring 2021.

In line with Gurman, the iMac, which is celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary this 12 months, might include a redesigned stand however no different design adjustments. The M3 chip inside it ought to embrace the identical 8 CPU cores because the M2 (4 high-performance cores and 4 effectivity cores), and the corporate additionally examined a configuration with 10 GPU cores, additionally just like the M2.

Alongside this new 24-inch iMac with an M3 chip, Apple is anticipated to introduce new USB-C variations of its Mac equipment such because the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad. Apple launched a brand new Apple Pencil with USB-C port earlier this month, and the corporate can be anticipated to carry USB-C ports to the remainder of its AirPods lineup subsequent 12 months.

Gurman believes that M3 variations of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air gained’t launch till Spring 2024. An M3 model of the 13-inch MacBook Professional can be within the pipeline, however we might not see it on Monday.

This can be a bit uncommon, however Apple can be anticipated to announce new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Professionals with M3 Professional and M3 Max chips on October 30. These two MacBook Professional fashions had been final upgraded with M2 Professional and M2 Max chips in January, so this refresh is coming a bit early.

In line with Gurman, Apple has been testing completely different variations of the M3 Professional chip: one with 12 CPU cores (6 efficiency cores, 6 effectivity cores) and 18 GPU cores, and one other one with 14 CPU cores (10 efficiency cores and 4 effectivity cores) and 30 GPU cores.

Equally, the corporate is alleged to be testing completely different variations of its extra highly effective M3 Max chip, with a high-end model together with 16 CPU cores (12 efficiency cores, 4 effectivity cores) and 40 GPU cores. On the unified reminiscence entrance, the M3-series chips are additionally anticipated to supply new choices together with 24GB and 48GB.

That is additionally a bit uncommon, however Apple’s keynote on October 30 shall be on-line solely, with no press gathering on the Apple campus. Once more, the occasion will kick off at 5 PM PT as an alternative of the standard 10 AM PT.