Apple Could Release Fresh Set of AI-Focused Macs with M4 Chips Later this Year

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Five months after releasing its first Macs with M3 chips, Apple is reportedly gearing up to release a new set of AI-focused Macs with M4 chips and they could come later this year.

According to Bloomberg, the M4 chips will come in at least three varieties, and it will power new iMacs, a low-end 14-inch MacBook Pro, high-end 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and Mac minis. The release could come later this year and go into early 2025. In 2025, Apple will reportedly focus on updates to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air in Spring, while the Mac Pro will follow later.

The M3 Macs did not bring major improvements in performance over the M2, and Mac sales fell by 27 per cent in the last fiscal year. Apple is yet to reveal its AI plans, but the company is expected to talk more about this at the Worldwide Developers Conference happening in June. The company is falling behind when it comes to AI, compared to other tech giants like Microsoft and Google.

The entry-level M4 chip is codenamed Donan, the powerful model Brava, and the highest-performing one is Hidra. The entry-level MacBook Pro, MacBook Airs and a low-end version of the Mac mini will be powered by the Donan chip, while the high-end MacBook Pros and a pricier version of the Mac mini will be powered by the Brava chip. For the Mac Studio, Apple is reportedly testing versions with both a still-unreleased M3-era chip and a variation of the M4 Brava processor.

Meanwhile, the Mac Pro will be getting the highest-performing Hidra chip.

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