Apple may announce a new Mac Studio computer at the WWDC 2023 developer event that starts next week. Bloomberg’s Mark Groman said on Twitter that Apple is “close to introducing a new Mac codename J475.” He added that the current Mac Studio is codenamed J375, thus hinting at the possible arrival of its successor.
The Mac Studio is a compact workstation that Apple announced in March 2022 with the Studio Display. It is one of four desktop computers in Apple’s lineup, including the Mac Mini, iMac, and Mac Pro. The Mac Studio comes in two variants, with M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips respectively. The base variant of the Mac Studio is available in the US for $1,999, meanwhile, the pricier M1 Ultra variant starts at $3,999.
It was previously reported that Apple is testing two new desktop computers ahead of its developer conference, named the Mac 14,13 and Mac 14,14. These machines are powered by M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips. However, Apple has yet to announce the M2 Ultra chip that will be the successor to the M1 Ultra that powers the current Mac Studio.
The M2 Ultra will reportedly come loaded with a 24-core CPU, 60-core GPU, and up to 192 GB of RAM. However, a chip equipped with a 76-core GPU can be a pricey variant. On the other hand, the M2 Max chip has a 12-core CPU and 30-core GPU, and can support up to 96 GB of RAM.
In addition, Apple may unveil a new 15-inch version of the MacBook Air, expanding its current lineup that already includes 13-, 14-, and 16-inch MacBooks. Recently, the company also dropped a new teaser for the upcoming event along with an exclusive Apple Music playlist dedicated to the event.