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Apr 12, 2001

Apple may be proceeding with plans to announce a new Mac model this month, according to related information obtained by MacRumors.


Details pertaining to upcoming changes to Mac trade-ins provided to MacRumors by a verified source suggest that Apple will begin accepting new models for trade-in this month. The models in question are current-generation devices, suggesting that successors could be announced in a matter of weeks.

Similar changes in June coincided with WWDC, when Apple began accepting trade-ins of the Mac Studio, 13-inch M2 MacBook Air, and 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro for credit towards new Apple product purchases. Apple simultaneously launched the 15-inch MacBook Air, second-generation Mac Studio, and Apple silicon Mac Pro. As such, it seems plausible that a similar, albeit smaller, expansion of the Macs Apple accepts for trade-in this month correlates with the launch of at least one new machine.

In July, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said October of this year could see the announcement of the first Macs with the M3 chip. He said that the 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 24-inch iMac are all candidates for potential release this month.

The as-yet-unannounced M3 chip is widely expected to be fabricated with TSMC's 3nm process for performance and power efficiency improvements compared to the current 5nm-based M2 chip, which debuted in June 2022. It will also likely feature an all new GPU with hardware ray-tracing, first introduced on the iPhone 15 Pro's A17 Pro chip last month.

In September, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that it seemed Apple will not launch new MacBook models with M3 series chips before the end of this year. This may mean that the most likely Mac to be announced is a refreshed 24-inch iMac with the M3 chip. The current model featuring the M1 chip has now been on sale for over two and a half years.

Article Link: Mac Trade-In Changes May Indicate New Model to Launch This Month
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macrumors 65816
Apr 19, 2015
New Macs are always interesting. I'm not sure an M3 MacBook Air would entice me to trade in my M1 model. The thing handles everything I throw at it without so much as a burp.
At this point the Apple silicon, even M1 which launched all the way back in 2020 is still so powerful that the average user will see no real benefits expect for battery life with regards to Macbooks.


macrumors 68040
Aug 31, 2003
Wherever my feet take me…
Kinda wish we'd get M2/3 iMacs. A few years ago, one of the schools I work at got a little STEM computer lab with 9 student Intel iMacs and a teacher iMac. Pretty cool when we used it. Unfortunately, the principal & librarian who set it up left and left little documentation to show what to do with it. What also sucks about it (at least for me as the school's IT person) is that the lab was set up with a 3rd party company, not the district's in-house IT department, so I doubt we'll ever upgrade to new iMacs.


macrumors P6
Oct 1, 2007
well glad I traded in my ~ 3 year old 13 M1 Air this past weekend before the price dips further


macrumors 601
Jul 20, 2011
M3 debuting in low volume macs (24" iMac, M3 13" macBook Pro) before expanding to the MacBook Airs next year alongside the Pro/Max/Ultra computers?
The (likely/potential) power savings of the M3 make no sense in an iMac. Especially ahead of the Vision Pro launch that we know comes with M2.

I could see M2 iMac, alongside an iPad Pro refresh with M3, but now they call it iPad Ultra with Dynamic Island. Or maybe the just use the M2 Pro inside the iPad Pro/Ultra refresh.
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