Apple May Not Launch Updated Mac Studio With M2 Ultra Chip Due to Similarity With Upcoming Mac Pro
A new version of the Mac Studio with the “M2 Ultra” chip is unlikely to arrive in the near future, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman.
In the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter, Gurman explained that since the upcoming Apple silicon Mac Pro is “very similar in functionality to the Mac Studio,” Apple may wait until the release of M3- or M4-series chips to update the machine, or simply never refresh the device at all:
I wouldn’t anticipate the introduction of a Mac Studio in the near future. The upcoming Mac Pro is very similar in functionality to the Mac Studio — and adds the M2 Ultra chip rather than the M1 Ultra. So it wouldn’t make sense for Apple to offer an M2 Ultra Mac Studio and M2 Ultra Mac Pro at the same time. It’s more likely that Apple either never updates the Mac Studio or holds off until the M3 or M4 generation. At that point, the company may be able to better differentiate the Mac Studio from the Mac Pro.
To date, little has been rumored about the next-generation Mac Studio, so Gurman’s latest remarks are the firmest indication yet that a new version of the machine is unlikely to arrive any time soon.
Last month, it emerged that Apple reportedly scaled back its plans for the first Apple silicon Mac Pro, scrapping the “M2 Extreme” chip and falling back on non-user-upgradable memory and the same design as the 2019 model. The device is now expected to offer the M2 Ultra only – a chip that would also have logically come to the next-generation Mac Studio.
The M2 Ultra chip is almost certain to double-up the capabilities of the recently introduced M2 Max chip, which is currently only available in the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro. With reduced modularity and similar performance on the upcoming Mac Pro, Apple’s move to hold off on updating the Mac Studio’s hardware may make sense until it can work out a better strategy for the machine’s positioning going forward.
iOS 16.3 Now Available for Your iPhone With These 4 New Features
Apple released iOS 16.3 in late January following nearly six weeks of beta testing. The software update is available for the iPhone 8 and newer, and while it is a relatively minor update, it still includes a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes.
Below, we’ve recapped new features in iOS 16.3, including support for physical security keys as a two-factor authentication option for…
Apple Explains Why HomePod Was Released Again, Wi-Fi 4 Limitation, and More
Apple’s VP of hardware engineering Matthew Costello and product marketing employee Alice Chan recently spoke with Men’s Journal and TechCrunch about the new second-generation HomePod in wide-ranging interviews about the smart speaker.
Apple discontinued the original full-size HomePod in March 2021 after multiple reports indicated that sales of the speaker were lackluster, but Chan told Men’s …
The Next Big Apple Silicon Device May Not Be a Mac or iPad
Apple’s next device with an Apple silicon chip may not be a Mac or an iPad, but rather an advanced external display, according to recent reports.
The display, which is rumored to arrive this year, is expected to sit somewhere between the $1,599 Studio Display and the $4,999 Pro Display XDR – but more exact information about the device’s positioning and price point is as yet unknown. While …
Apple Preparing iOS 16.3.1 Update for iPhone as Wait for iOS 16.4 Beta Continues
Apple appears to be preparing an iOS 16.3.1 update for the iPhone, based on evidence of the software in our website’s analytics logs this week. It’s unclear when the update will be released, but it will likely be available at some point in February.
The same logs have accurately foreshadowed the release of several previous updates, including iOS 16.0.3 and iOS 16.1.1 most recently, so they…
Five New iOS Features Coming to Your iPhone Later This Year
Apple has previously announced several upcoming iOS features that are expected to be added to the iPhone this year. Some of the features could be introduced with iOS 16.4, which should enter beta testing soon, while others will arrive later in the year.
Below, we have recapped five new iOS features that are expected to launch in 2023, such as an Apple Pay Later financing option for purchases …
Apple Pay Later Launching ‘Soon’
The Apple Pay Later service that Apple has in the works is set to launch “soon,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC ahead of today’s earnings call for the first fiscal quarter of 2023.
Cook said that Apple employees are beta testing the Apple Pay Later feature, which will help Apple boost services revenue. “It will be launching soon,” Cook said.
Apple Pay Later was first previewed at the…
Google Working on Browser for iOS That Would Break Apple’s App Store Rules
Google’s Chromium developers are working on an experimental web browser for iOS that would break Apple’s browser engine restrictions, The Register reports.
The experimental browser, which is being actively pursued by developers, uses Google’s Blink engine. Yet if Google attempted to release it on the App Store, it would not pass Apple’s App Review process.
Apple’s App Store rules dictate…