There will be no “M2 Extreme” variant of the long-awaited Mac Pro, but instead the high-end Mac comes with the M2 Urtla, according to a newsletter by noted Apple analyst Mark Gurman from Bloomberg.
The “Extreme” variant of the M2 chip is reported to be the dual M2 Urtla, which has 48 CPU cores and 152 GPU cores.
However, the cost and complexity of developing the project prompted Apple to abandon the plan for this chip.
It would have cost $10,000, Gorman notes, which would have made it a niche product, probably not worth all the money and effort involved in.
Apple Silicon Mac Pro to offer a certain level of Mac Pro customization
The first Apple Silicon-based Mac Pro was touted to be in two variants – the M2 Urtla and two M2 Urtla paired together, known as the M2 Extreme.
But since the M2 Extreme doesn’t happen, the Mac Pro will have an M2 Urtla chip underneath, and will also offer handy memory and storage space.
An update on the next generation Mac mini and MacBook Pro
The second generation Mac mini will come in two variants – M2 and M2 Pro.
Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro – 14-inch and 16-inch – is expected to launch in early 2023 – with M2 Max and M2 Urtla chipsets.
Apple was planning to release a high-end Apple Silicon-powered iMac Pro, but it was delayed for the same reason as the Mac Pro.
New external displays with Apple Silicon are in development.
Earlier this year Apple launched the Studio Display, a companion to its Mac Studio.
Gorman said that Apple is working on a few external displays that would be similar to the Studio Display, which would contain Apple silicon, and possibly an old iPhone chip.
One of the monitors in development is said to be the Pro Display XDR update, which was launched in 2019.
It is expected that the screen will come after the Mac Pro, as it is still in the early stages of development.
Apple plans to move to Asia for the Mac Pro, but not China
In 2019, Apple decided to move a small part of Mac Pro production to the United States, and Trump forced it, but now the Cupertino giant plans to return production to Asia, but not China.
Gorman says the new Mac Pro will be built in Vietnam, where the company may soon begin production of the Mac Box and Apple Watch.