The first wave of M3 models may not include the usual suspects, a report claims, and the M3-equipped Mac mini and updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are likely to arrive later than first thought.
Apple is expected to introduce its M3 chip with the first Mac models in the fall. While the Mac Mini is typically among those receiving the initial salvo of Apple silicon chips in a new generation, that may not be the case with the M3.
Writing in his “Power On”. Newsletter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman insists “it’s almost certain that an M3 version of the Mac mini is finally coming.” But instead of being in autumn launches, it may be held back until late 2024.
Since the M2 Mac mini arrived two years after the first M1 model, Gurman suspects Apple doesn’t believe the Mac mini needs annual or more frequent refreshes, unlike some other Mac models like the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
Typically a later-in-cycle release, the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro won’t be in the October releases, Gurman says. Since they are going to use the M3 Pro and M3 Max chips, a mid-2024 launch is more appropriate.
Among the remaining candidates, Gurman still thinks the 13-inch MacBook Air update and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M3 along with the 24-inch iMac will be in the first wave.