Rumors about the successor to Apple’s successful M1 chip do not stop. The next-gen SoC, supposedly called «M2», would already be in production, according to Nikkei Asia. In addition, the aforementioned medium claims that it could arrive as early as July with new laptops and, possibly, desktop computers.
Everything points to what the new generation of Apple Silicon chips is being manufactured by TSMC. The Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer is reportedly using its improved 5-nanometer photolithographic process for the M2. The new generation of chips, like the current one, would be a SoC (System-on-a-Chip) that integrates CPU, GPU and other elements.
According to Macrumors, processors take about three months to produce. In this case, if the new M2 is already in production, and in line with what Nikkei claims, could arrive in July 2021. This is a date that fits in with the possible arrival of the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros or a 27-inch iMac.
Although the new Apple M2 would debut with expensive computers, with the passage of time, as expected, it would reach the Macs that currently have the M1. In this way, more power would be provided to the more affordable options of the apple company.
Apple M2, more power and more cores
The source does not provide details on the M2’s features. However, rumors speak that the new generation could raise the amount of cores at 16 or 32, obviously maintaining its unified memory architecture, although could have higher power consumption.
Apple marked a before and after with the introduction of its own processors for Mac, in November 2020. The Cupertino company, which for 15 years had offered computers exclusively with Intel chips, presented the M1, a 100% SoC designed by them.
SoC, Apple Silicon M1 | Credit: Apple
The first computers to launch the Apple M1 were the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air, and the Mac mini. In a move to increase the power of its most professional tablet, the company presented at its spring event, “Spring Loading”, the iPad Pro with M1 processor.
The M1 is a processor of 5 nanometers. It has a CPU (central processing unit) of 8 cores, 4 of them high performance and 4 low consumption. The GPU (graphics processing unit), meanwhile, has 8 cores. Processing dedicated to artificial intelligence has a Neural Engine (neural motor) of 16 cores.