Apple is testing an unreleased chip with a 12-core CPU, 18-core GPU, and 36GB of memory, says Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. Gurman’s information comes straight from an App Store developer log.
Gurman said the chip is being tested inside a future high-end MacBook Pro running the upcoming macOS 14 update, which is expected to debut at WWDC 2023 next month.
Gurman said the unreleased chip could be the base-level M3 Pro for the next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models launching next year. Apple is expected to use TSMC’s 3nm process to manufacture the new chips, which should result in significant performance and power efficiency improvements.
The current base-level M2 Pro chip in the 14-inch MacBook Pro boasts a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, starting with 16GB of memory, so the M3 Pro chip should have at least two extra cores for both the CPU and GPU.
Apple has yet to release the standard M3 chip, which would happen before the company moved on to the M3 Pro and M3 Max chips. Gurman said Apple is working on new iMac, MacBook Air, and low-end MacBook Pro models with the M3 chip. He expects that the first Macs with the M3 chip will be released towards the end of this year or early next year.