More evidence of a new M2 processor surfaces ahead of March 8 event

The rumor: Apple is extensively testing the M2 chip across multiple new Macs and operating systems, according to Mark Gurman (85.5% accurate, via Power On).

  • “I’m told from a developer source that Apple has been testing multiple Macs with a new chip in recent weeks that includes an eight-core CPU (four efficiency cores and four high-performance cores) and 10 GPU cores…Apple has been testing this new chip on machines running macOS 12.3 (which should be released in the next week or two and run on the new Macs) and a future macOS 12.4, as well as macOS 13” Gurman says
  • Prior rumors suggested a low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 could launch in early March
  • Apple’s first event of the year kicks off in just under 2 days on March 8

Sam’s take: I’m not entirely convinced that we’ll see M2 at this event…especially in the body of the outdated MacBook Pro. Is it possible? Sure. But “Peek Performance” points to something higher-end: and M2, a slightly improved version of M1, isn’t that.