In 2020, Apple began transitioning its Macs to Apple Silicon chips by introducing the M1 chip. And since then, the firm has launched new versions of this component: the M1 Pro, the M1 Max, as well as the M1 Ultra. Today, as this transition will soon be complete, many rumors are already circulating about the next generation: the M2 chips.
Apple is already thinking about Mac M3s
According to a previous article on Bloomberg, journalist Mark Gurman had indicated that Apple plans to launch new MacBook Air, entry-level MacBook Pro, as well as Mac mini equipped with the M2 chip. The next 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will be equipped with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. And there would also be an M2 Ultra chip for future Mac Pros.
But while the Macs equipped with these M2 chips are not yet on the market, the Cupertino company is already working on the third generation: the M3 chips. Indeed, according to Gurman, Apple is already working on an iMac equipped with the M3 chip. Nevertheless, the journalist admits that this new computer would not be available until the end of 2023, at the earliest.
Macs with M2 chip available this year
Note that normally, the first Macs equipped with the M2 chip will be available this year. In particular, many rumors circulate about the next MacBook Air which would be entitled to a new design (inspired by the latest MacBook Pro and the iMac), and which would use the M2 chip. Like the screen of the latest MacBook Pro, that of the next MacBook Air would have a notch, according to several sources.
A few days ago, we relayed an Asian source indicating that Samsung should be among Apple’s suppliers for the manufacture of this M2 chip. While the Korean giant would have already provided a substrate called flip chip ball grid array or FC-BGA for the M1 chip, it could still be retained by Apple to provide the same substrate for the M2 chip.
Puce M2: presentation at the WWDC 2022 conference?
This source also indicated that Apple should release a total of 9 Mac models equipped with the M2 chip. And the presentation of it would take place this first quarter of 2022. For the moment, Apple has not left any clues (it almost never does, by the way). But it is likely that the firm will present this new chip at the WWDC conference which will take place in June. As a reminder, it was during the 2020 edition of this conference that Apple lifted the veil on the M1 chip.