A third-party Mac developer found signs of the new chip in test logs. The M3 Max apparently boasts a 40-core GPU and a 16-core CPU with 12 high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. The current M2 Max chip features a 38-core GPU and a 12-core CPU.
The test machine is also equipped with 48GB memory. However, there should be higher memory upgrade options when the new M3 Mx-powered MacBook Pros debut, as the current MacBook Pro supports up to 96GB of memory.
Apple’s M3 Max chip is expected to be fabricated using a new 3-nanometer process, which should result in speed and efficiency bumps over the M2 Max chip. The chip is being tested in an unreleased high-end MacBook Pro, codenamed “J514.”
Alongside the M3 Max, we’ll also see an M3 and M3 Pro. The M3 chip will boast an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU, while the M3 Pro will sport a 12-core CPU and 18-core GPU.
The first M3 Macs are expected to be released in October, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air models are expected to use the standard M3 chip. The 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that will be powered by the M3 Max are expected to hit shelves in 2024.