The Mac Pro is the last Mac model that has yet to make the transition to Apple Silicon, but Apple has reportedly scaled back its plan regarding the upcoming M2 Mac Pro. According to Bloomberg, Apple may have scrapped the high-end model that would have come with an “M2 Extreme” chip instead of a less powerful M2 “Ultra” chip.
Apple’s M2 Ultra chip will be the successor to the M1 Ultra chip that made its debut in the new high-end Mac Studio earlier this year. Bloomberg expects Apple’s M2 Ultra chip to offer 24 CPU cores and 76 GPU cores, and the M2 Extreme chip would have combined two M2 Ultra chips together for a total of 48 CPU cores and 152 GPU cores. However, Apple may have realized that the M2 Extreme version of the Mac Pro would only cater to the needs of a very small user base.
“Based on Apple’s current pricing structure, an M2 Extreme version of a Mac Pro would probably cost at least $10,000 — without any other upgrades — making it an extraordinarily niche product that likely isn’t worth the development costs, engineering resources and production bandwidth it would require,” the report reads.
The upcoming Mac Pro with Apple’s M2 Ultra chip should still offer the same upgrade capabilities that Mac power users need. According to the report, Apple is also working on new high-end external monitors that will include Apple silicon, similar to the Studio Display the company launched alongside its Mac Studio earlier this year.
Lastly, the Bloomberg report says that other new Macs with M2 chips are coming next year: We should see a new Mac Mini with M2 and M2 Pro chips, as well as new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.