Apple To Introduce New AI-Focused M4 Chips For Macs Later This Year

Apple is deeply committed to integrating AI across all its products, extending beyond software innovation. While iOS 18 introduces new utilities for the iPhone, Apple is also advancing AI integration into its Mac lineup, partly driven by upgraded hardware. Recent reports indicate Apple’s development of M4 chips, expected later this year, poised to elevate AI capabilities on Mac devices.

Later this year, Apple is set to unveil upgraded Macs featuring its latest M4 chips, promising enhanced computational and graphical performance. However, these improvements extend beyond mere performance gains. Renowned analyst Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that Apple plans to enhance the AI capabilities of its notebooks through the introduction of these new M4 chips.
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Apple is heavily committed to integrating generative AI technology into its products, spanning the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The iPhone is anticipated to receive upgrades with the launch of iOS 18 later this year. Gurman suggests that the M4 chip will debut on multiple Mac models later this year, leading us to speculate that Apple may unveil the upgraded MacBook Pro models in the final quarter of 2024, following a pattern similar to last year.

Although performance and efficiency improvements are appreciated, the primary focus of the chip lies in the enhanced Neural Engine, featuring a higher core count to boost AI processing capabilities. The company intends to emphasize the AI processing potential of these components and their integration with the upcoming version of macOS. This indicates a synergistic relationship between macOS and the M4 chip for seamless AI processing.
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Apple is currently conducting internal testing on three versions of the M4 chip, set to feature in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Studio series. The entry-level M4 chip, codenamed Donan, is slated for the MacBook Air lineup, while the M4 Pro and M4 Max chips, codenamed Brava, are earmarked for the MacBook Pro. Additionally, the M4 Ultra will be designated for the Mac Studio. Furthermore, the company is anticipated to upgrade the majority of its Mac lineup this year, incorporating enhanced internals and potentially tweaking designs.

Production for the upcoming M4 chips is currently in progress, featuring various enhancements including support for up to 512GB of unified memory in the top-tier variant. Utilizing TSMC’s 3nm process, similar to the current M3 chip, the new M4 chip promises improved performance and efficiency.

Source: Bloomberg