The high-end Mac mini and MacBook Pro won’t be among the first wave of Macs launching with the M3 chip later this year, according to bloombergMark Gorman.

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In the latest issue of his “Power On” newsletter, Gorman said he believes “it’s certain that an M3 version of the ‘Mac mini’ is eventually coming,” but that it’s not imminent or far from development. As such, he claims that the device isn’t expected until late 2024 at the earliest and won’t be in the first series of M3‌ Macs to be launched.

Likewise, the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models won’t be among the first Mac M3s to debut in October later this year. These machines are expected to include the ‌M3‌ Pro and ‌M3‌ Max chipsets, and are likely to launch by mid-2024 at the latest.

He also noted that the M2 ‌Mac mini‌ launched more than two years after the introduction of the M1 version, indicating that Apple does not see the Mac mini‌ as a device that requires annual updates. This contrasts with the high-end MacBook Pro, which is a much more popular device, with a refresh cycle every four or five quarters.

Last week, Gurman said that the first Macs with the M3 chip could launch in October this year. The first models with the M3 chip‌ will likely be the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and 24-inch iMac. The ‌M3‌ chip is widely expected to be manufactured using TSMC’s 3nm process to significantly improve performance and power efficiency over the 5nm-based M2‌ chip in existing devices.

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