Mac Studio and Mac Pro: Upgrade with “M4 Ultra” chip probably only in 2025

The launch of the new iPad Pro with M4 chip and the focus on its ability to perform AI functions even better leaves some speculation about the M3 chip family. Because this was only at the end of October 2023 with the M3, the M3 Pro and the M3 Max introduced. After the event at the time, it was assumed that the M3 Ultra would be introduced as a merger of two M3 Max chips in mid-2024 to equip the Mac Studio and Mac Pro. But is it still worth it? According to insider information, Apple seems to be postponing an upgrade of the two computers until 2025.

Apparently Apple is skipping the M3 Ultra and waiting until the M4 Ultra in 2025 to upgrade the Mac Studio and Mac Pro. Given high AI expectations, this certainly makes sense.
Apparently Apple is skipping the M3 Ultra and waiting until the M4 Ultra in 2025 to upgrade the Mac Studio and Mac Pro. Given high AI expectations, this certainly makes sense.

Apple could do without a Mac presentation at WWDC24

Once again the question arises about the regularity of M-chip upgrades and their integration into the Mac family. Since the introduction of the M1 in 2020, there have been repeated indications that Apple is aiming for a fixed annual upgrade cycle, similar to the iPhone and its A chips. This seems to work with regard to the basic models, i.e. the standard chip as well as its Pro and Max versions. Mac Studio and Mac Pro users could be left empty-handed this year, as Apple doesn't seem to be planning an M3 Ultra. If the schedule for the M4 remains the same, its Pro and Max versions could be presented in the fall; the Ultra version will only be available at WWDC25 in June 2025.

Reasons to skip the M3 Ultra and Macs equipped with it

Within the WWDC24 So it will probably only be about software, primarily the new operating systems iOS 18, macOS 15 and Co. These should finally allow Apple to get a foot in the door of generative AI by integrating new AI functions and the chatbot ChatGPT from OpenAI . And that's exactly what the M4 chip family should be designed for. The M4's revised Neural Engine, for example, can handle up to 38 trillion operations per second. But the GPU also works faster and the CPU has an accelerator for machine learning. And all of this with improved energy efficiency. Reason enough to wait for the M4 Ultra.

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