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Apple reportedly testing next-gen M2 chips in new Macs that may launch later in 2022

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Apple is actively testing the next generation of internal chips, the M2 series, in several different new Mac models, according to a Bloomberg report.

The company is testing four different types of M2 chips on nine new Macs. While details on the machines tested are scarce, the report claims models tested with the base M2 chip include a MacBook Air, Mac mini and entry-level MacBook Pro.

Other test models reportedly packed an M2 Pro chip, including a Mac mini and 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. An M2 Max chip is also being tested with both MacBook Pro sizes, and a Mac Pro desktop will use a successor to the M1 Ultra chip that debuted in the recently unveiled Mac Studio.

Apple is also testing models with different existing chip configurations, like a Mac mini with an M1 Pro and an M1 Max, but the report wasn’t sure if their overlap with the Mac Studio would prevent them from being released.

Although the report points out that these models may not all reach production, those that are destined for store shelves could be launched later this year. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.