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Apple is seemingly testing four next-generation M2 processors on software developed by third-party app makers in at least nine Mac models that are likely to be upcoming laptops and desktops. Two years ago, the iGiant debuted its homegrown Arm-compatible M1 processor to power computers and iPads; the shift marked a departure …

  1. Julz


    No iMac :(

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: So

      Just because they aren't testing it doesn't mean there won't be one. The Macbook Pro tests may double as tests for the iMac, since other than the bigger/higher res display on the iMac and the built in keyboard on the Macbook they are basically identical.

  2. TimMaher Silver badge


    Has El Reg approached Apple for comment?

    Has El Reg received a reply?

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: Comment

      There is more chance of Alien contact than such communication by Apple

  3. tip pc Silver badge

    I hope it’s true

    I’ve been holding out for a Mac mini, I do hope the new mini has::

    more ram

    More thunderbolt interfaces

    2 x 2.5gbs Ethernet ports

    I doubt I’ll get my wish but I’m still hopeful

    1. Crypto Monad Silver badge

      Re: I hope it’s true

      > I do hope the new mini has:

      Replaceable SSD.

      > I doubt I’ll get my wish but I’m still hopeful

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I hope it’s true

      10Gb ports are an upgrade for the current Mac mini, the more expensive variants come with a 10Gb port by default so I share your hope that the next version has a faster port - ditto for any new iMacs, as they don't even offer a 10Gb port as an upgrade.

      If you want more you'll have to add a USB-C to UTP adaptor, and I haven't seen any faster than 2,5Gb yet (at least not at a sane price). The good news is that at least the cables are coming down in price - Cat7 flatcables are now easy to obtain (I'd love to see how on earth they manage to make these, btw) but switches have as yet not followed that trend..

    3. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: I hope it’s true

      2 x 2.5gbs Ethernet ports

      Why would a device targeted at the lower end of the market (for Apple) come with two ethernet ports? Most Mini owners probably never use one as it is!

      You can use USB or Thunderbolt to give you your second ethernet port so you can use it as a router or whatever. There's no way it will come with one.

  4. katrinab Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Another leak:

    Can I be the 10 millionth person to leak that Apple are going to release a new version of iOS at WWDC in June?

    and a new version of MacOS named after a mountain range in California

    And and new model of iPhone in the autumn.

    And Intel are going to release a new generation of Core i-series chips later in the year, name after a lake.

    And AMD are going to release a new generation of server chips named after an Italian city.

    Of course Apple are going to release a new model of their chip at some point.

    1. WolfFan Silver badge

      Re: Another leak:

      Errr… Mavericks, Big Sur, and Monterrey aren’t mountain ranges. El Capitan was a specific mountain, not a range. Most of Intel’s lakes are names they they thought up.

      1. katrinab Silver badge
        Paris Hilton

        Re: Another leak:

        Big Sur is an area of California that has a lot of mountains.

        Mavericks is a beach at the bottom of a load of mountains.

        Monterrey is a county and city in a mountainous area.

        1. WolfFan Silver badge

          Re: Another leak:

          They’re not mountain ranges. And neither is Mojave. And Catalina is an island. And almost all of California is close to mountains, so that by your logic Orange County or Marin County or even Cupertino would be mountain ranges. If you’d said ‘California landmarks’ or similar there’d be no problems, but not ‘mountain ranges’. They’re not.

          1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

            Re: Another leak:

            Just be weary if Apple release a "San Andreas" version

            1. stiine Silver badge

              Re: Another leak:

              Weary? Or did yuo mean 'wary'???

              1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

                Re: Another leak:

                You're right - I was however weary, given the hour of the post

            2. chivo243 Silver badge

              Re: Another leak:

              Or a San Ber'dino...

      2. Stork Silver badge

        Re: Another leak:

        Mojave is a desert

    2. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: Another leak:

      They aren't going to "release" a new version of iOS, they're going to announce it. It will be released the week they start selling iPhone 14s.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That 64-gig part - that holds interest for me. That is suitable for web server development in spades. :)

    Presuming, of course, that VMWare runs on it. I seem to recall hearing they won't be supporting Apple's new silicon for some time, if ever.

    But most of my work is in Java and PostgreSQL, so it doesn't matter what architecture the CPU itself is. I'd be shocked if there weren't builds for Apple's architecture as generic arm64 packages, rather than tuned to the new silicon.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I mis-spoke. What I meant was packages to install on Apple hardware, not a native OS. It's up to VMWare to abstract that to something that can be used to run arm64 linux or OS-of-choice.

      1. amacater

        Debian arm64 should run natively, for example - it was used as the demo for Parallels when the Mac M1 was first shown.

    2. DS999 Silver badge

      VMware Parallels has been running on Apple Silicon Macs for a while, so I'm not sure where you are hearing it "won't be supporting" Apple Silicon Macs?

      The only thing related to virtualization on Apple Silicon that's an issue for some is that Microsoft doesn't support running Windows/ARM on it under Parallels (though it reportedly works with a little hacking) and won't sell you a license to do that. That's due to Microsoft's exclusivity agreement with Qualcomm for Windows/ARM, which presumably expires at some point.

  6. Smeagolberg

    > I do hope the new mini has:

    Replaceable components, easily sourced and fitted, without several hundred percent profit gouging.

    > I doubt I’ll get my wish but I’m still hopeful

  7. LybsterRoy Silver badge

    Can anyone enlighten me as to why we need all the power in a PC? I know there will be some few genuine uses or is it all for Mark's metaverse?

    1. chivo243 Silver badge

      I would love to have one for a Virtualization playground, at one point I had 3 MacPro 5.1s for my Virtual estate, but they had to go back to my employer when the electricity bill became ridiculous, and they were no longer on the VMware HCL so I'm looking forward to something new!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      re: Can anyone enlighten me

      At least isn't all in the cloud as so many companies would wish it to be.

      As for ZuckFart's Metaverse... the recent announcement about taking a 50% cut puts Apple's 15%/30% cut to shame. Seems like a good way to make it fail from day 1.

      I wonder if his holiness Zuck can remember the Windows Phones. Almost zero apps in the app store. That and MS's f'king around with wth hardware and what phone could run what version of windows IMHO did for the platform. Even Apple doesn't go that far with their phones. Six-year-old devices still getting OS updates is pretty good when you look at the competition.

      IANAL and I don't play one on TV.

    3. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      With its own silicon it looks like Apple is increasing the range of options: MacBook Airs won't be full of oomph but will have more hardware acceleration to make battery life better, which is a big selling point.

      But for the highend notebooks there can never be enough power. It means more VMs and faster compile/test stages.

  8. TaabuTheCat

    Logging laziness

    I just think it's pretty funny that for all of Apple's secrecy and paranoia they can't even be arsed to feed the app logs bogus data about the (beta) hardware they are running on.

  9. Smeagolberg

    >for all of Apple's secrecy and paranoia they can't even be

    >arsed to feed the app logs bogus data

    Bogus secrecy / paranoia = cheap publicity.

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