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When will Apple release its new M3 Macs?

Updated Aug 8th, 2023 12:44PM EDT
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During the WWDC 2023 keynote, Apple introduced several new Macs and finally transitioned to its own silicon by retiring the 2019 Intel Mac Pro and announcing an M2 Ultra model instead.

With the Cupertino firm having also updated the Mac Studio with the M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips, Apple isn’t expected to announce any new Macs with an M2 family chip. That said, we are about to enter the M3 Mac computer cycle. Here’s when to expect each new M3 MacBook, iMac, and Mac mini.

When is Apple planning to unveil new Macs?

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman is one of the most reliable sources about Apple’s plans to release new hardware – including new Macs. He already said Apple is preparing a slew of new computers with the M3 chip, which could be revealed at the end of the year. By July, he teased a possible October event where Apple could introduce some of these computers. In August, he offered a few other tidbits.

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (codenamed Mac 15,1 and J513/J613): could be announced in October with the M3 chip; it was last updated on June 2022.
  • 15-inch MacBook Air (codenamed Mac 15,2 and J515/J615): It seems Apple won’t unveil a new 15-inch version just yet, as the company unveiled this model in June 2023, that said, a new model is already in the works;
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro (codenamed Mac 15,3 and J504): could also be announced in October with the M3 chip; it was last updated on June 2022;
  • 24-inch iMac (codenamed Mac 15,4, Mac 15,5, J433, and J434): last updated in April 2021, Gurman expects this machine to get the M3 chip in the October event;
  • High-end MacBook Pro (codenamed Mac 15,7, Mac 15,8, J514, and J516): updated in January 2023, Apple took 14 months to introduce the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips; that said, the company could unveil these new Macs from the first half of 2024 until WWDC24. Gurman only says 2023 is “too early for new high-end MacBook Pros or desktops;”
  • Mac mini (codenamed Mac 15,12): Gurman says Apple started testing what it seems to be the M3 Mac mini.  It includes eight CPU cores, 10 graphic processor cores, and 24GB of memory. This machine runs macOS Sonoma 14.1, but it’s unclear if it could be introduced later this October;
  • Mac Studio: since Apple updated the M1 Max and M1 Ultra Mac Studio after a year since it was unveiled, it seems this machine could see a yearly refresh, with a new model expected around WWDC24;
  • Mac Pro: at the moment, it’s unclear if Apple could introduce a new iteration of the Mac Pro in 2024 or if Apple would wait for a redesign to bring a new machine.

Besides these computers, Mark Gurman still believes Apple could introduce an iMac Pro or a model with more than a 30-inch display, but neither had proper leaks from the supply chain. The Mac Pro and the Mac Studio have just been updated during the WWDC, so newer models could take at least another year to be unveiled.

With this data, you can also plan to buy a new computer or wait for a new generation. That said, the OLED MacBook Pro is expected in 2026, while the MacBook Air could get an OLED display by 2024.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.

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