Apple’s First M3 Chips Could Debut In October-Bound Macs

Apple’s latest Macs are powered by M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra chips but it’s only a matter of time before the next chips arrive based on the M3.

Now, a new report suggests that Apple will ship the first of those M3 chips as soon as this October.

Writing in the weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that “there should be another launch in October” following the September launch of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro devices.

That launch is expected to be of at least one Mac, with Gurman suggesting that there are three particular models that seem likely to be refreshed.

Now that Apple has gotten the 15-inch MacBook Air and new M2 Ultra-based Macs out the door, the October launch could feature the first Macs with M3 chips. October is too early for new high-end MacBook Pros or desktops, so the first beneficiaries of the new chip should be the next iMac, 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

We can then likely expect 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips to arrive in 2024 to round out the lineup. A new 15-inch MacBook Air is likely to get the M3 treatment around that time, too.

The same report suggests that Apple will also refresh the iPad Pro in October, although the expectations are that the updates won’t be all that impressive.

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