Apple’s next-generation silicon, tentatively dubbed “M2,” has entered the production cycle, according to Nikkei. Chip ramps are slow, but according to Nikkei, starting production now means the chips will be available in large quantities as early as July. This timeline indicates that they will be included in new MacBook models in the fall, most likely the redesigned MacBook Pro line.
When it debuted in the first Apple Silicon Macs last fall, the 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU M1 chip architecture delivered impressive performance and battery life. The same chip was used in Apple’s recently announced iMac and iPad Pro for 2021. However, there are some flaws in the chip that pro users hope will be addressed in the next generation.
The M1 chip, in particular, only supports a maximum of two Thunderbolt ports and only one external display output. For example, Apple introduced the two-Thunderbolt-port 13-inch MacBook Pro model with the M1chip in the fall, but the four-port 13-inch MacBook Pro is still available.
In addition, while the M1 chip has incredible power efficiency and raw power, it does not outperform higher-end Intel Macs across the board. The M1 chip’s integrated graphics, in particular, fall short of dedicated graphics cards found in high-end iMacs and MacBook Pros. The M2 chip (or “M1X,” as it is branded) is expected to boost CPU and GPU performance, add more Thunderbolt lanes, and support at least two external displays.
The M1 chip has an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU and a unified RAM architecture. According to Bloomberg last year, Apple -8 Comments to the M1 featuring 20 CPU cores destined for its high-end laptops. 32-core chip designs could be used in ARM Mac desktops such as the Mac Pro and iMac Pro.
According to today’s report, the M2 will continue to integrate the CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine on the same chip. It does not, however, go into any further detail about the chip’s specifications.
Apple is said to be working on new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Apple Silicon internals and a new chassis design that includes the return of MagSafe, SD card reader, and HDMI ports. In the recent REvil ransomware leak, schematics for the as-yet-unannounced products were leaked.