Currently, Apple is in the process of finalizing its transition from Intel processors, for Macs, to its Apple Silicon chips. After unveiling products with the M1 chip in 2020, the firm launched the first Macs equipped with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips (lthe latest MacBook Pro).
And now, the media are interested in the next chips. Recently, our colleagues from 9to5Mac relayed the publication of a Chinese site, Commercial Times, about them.
According to this source, the M2 chip would be well in the pipes. And the first Macs using this chip would arrive in the second half of 2022. Taking into account other sources of information (unofficial), we can assume that the M2 chip could equip the new MacBook Air (or simply “MacBook”) that will be released. next year.
In addition, Apple would also develop M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, which will be more efficient. But this would not arrive until the first half of 2023.
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As for the specs, Commercial Times reports that the M2, M2 Pro, and M2 Max chips would be made with TSMC’s 4nm etching process, while their predecessors, the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips, are etched. in 5 nm. This change in technology will make it possible to have more efficient components, but also with better energy efficiency.
Finally, the Chinese site indicates that for Mac chips, Apple would have opted for an 18-month cycle. This means that after the release of a component, its successor comes out 18 months later.
But of course, for the moment, this information should be considered with extreme caution, since it does not come from an official source. Moreover, the 9to5Mac site, which relays these rumors, does not exclude that they may be inaccurate.
Indeed, when Apple presented its M1 chip, it indicated that the transition from Intel chips to Apple Silicon chips would last two years. However, assuming that the next Mac Pro will use an M2 Pro chip or an M2 Max chip, all this suggests that this Mac Pro would not be released until 2023 (and therefore, the transition would last more than two years). But it is entirely possible that because of the disruption related to COVID-19, this transition has taken longer than expected.
In any case, Apple has an interest in constantly improving its Apple Silicon chips. Indeed, for its part, Qualcomm has set itself the goal of offering a chip based on ARM architectures that will be able to compete with those of Apple.
And in order to meet these objectives, Qualcomm is counting on Nuvia technologies, a company he bought for $ 1.4 billion and which was founded by former employees of the Cupertino company.