Apple aims to launch the first M4-powered Macs this year with a focus on AI – 9to5Mac

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Apple aims to launch the first M4-powered Macs this year with a focus on AI – 9to5Mac

Apple is planning a major overhaul of its Mac lineup with the advent of the M4 family of chips. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is planning a “new family of internal processors designed to showcase artificial intelligence.”

The first M4 Macs are arriving this year

The report states that Apple is “close to producing” the first M4 chips. “The new chip will come in at least three main varieties, and Apple is looking to update every Mac model with it,” writes Mark Gurman.

The transition to the M4 will begin later this year and will include a new iMac, a low-end 14-inch MacBook Pro, high-end 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, and a refreshed Mac mini.

Apple aims to bring the updated computers to market late this year and into early next year. There will be new iMacs, a low-end 14-inch MacBook Pro, high-end 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and Mac minis, all with M4 chips. But the company’s plans could change.

Apple then plans to release more M4 Macs throughout 2025. This includes updates to the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air by spring, the Mac Studio around mid-year, and the Mac Pro later in 2025.

The M4 family will include an entry-level variant as well as at least two higher-performance versions. With the M4 chips, Apple reportedly intends to “highlight the components’ AI processing capabilities and how they will integrate with the next version of macOS.”

The entry-level M4 chip, named Donan, will power the entry-level MacBook Pro as well as the entry-level MacBook Air and Mac mini. The first high-end chip, named Brava, will appear in the Mac Studio, high-end MacBook Pro models, and a high-end Mac mini.

The report also includes some good news for Mac Pro fans:

Apple’s highest-end desktop computer, the Mac Pro, is expected to receive the new Hidra chip. The Mac Pro remains the lowest-selling model in the company’s computer lineup, but it has a vocal fan base. After some customers complained about the specifications of Apple’s in-house chips, the company plans to beef up this machine next year.

For high-end desktop Mac configurations, Apple plans to support up to half a terabyte of RAM. This is an increase from the current maximum of 192 GB.

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