In a tweet yesterday, Bloomberg’s well-connected tech reporter Mark Gurman wrote that Apple will begin to accept trade-ins on three recent Macs as of June 5: the M2 MacBook Air, the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro and the Mac Studio.
“Read into that as you will,” Gurman tweeted. “I’m expecting new Macs at WWDC.”
Apple will start accepting trade-ins of the Mac Studio, 13-inch M2 MacBook Air and 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro on June 5th, the same day as WWDC. Read into that as you will. I’m expecting new Macs at WWDC. https://t.co/Y7SL6sOA4oMay 27, 2023
But when Gurman last made that prediction, he declined to provide a launch window. The assumption was that it wouldn’t be revealed at WWDC, since M3 chips aren’t expected until later.
Now, to be clear, Gurman doesn’t explicitly state that the Mac Studio will be refreshed at WWDC. The tipster merely states that followers can read intent into a trade-in change if they like.
It’s also entirely possible that Apple just wants to give consumers the option to trade in more hardware against its rumored $3,000 headset.
But if the simplest explanation is the correct one, and Apple is allowing trade-ins with a new model incoming, then there’s an obvious way of upgrading the Mac Studio without the M3.
The current model uses either the M1 Max or M1 Ultra chip, and while we are yet to see an M2 Ultra, the M2 Max exists, powering the top-end 2023 MacBook Pros. It has 10 billion more transistors than the M1 Max, two additional CPU cores (12, rather than 10) and six additional CPU cores (taking it to 38).
Admittedly, that’s still not as many as the M1 Ultra (20-core CPU and 64-core GPU) and it shows in the benchmarks. But that’s still an appealing option for those eying up the entry-level model, and it’s always possible Apple could surprise us with the M2 Ultra unveiling too.