Apple plans to release a series of Macs with M2 chips based on the TSMC 4nm process later this year, according to a Taiwanese release. DigiTimes. This progress should allow for continuous performance and energy efficiency improvements.
The report claims that “TSMC’s 4nm process will also manufacture Apple’s M2 chip that will power the new Mac series scheduled for launch in the second half of this year.”
BloombergMark Gorman tweeted Tuesday that Apple has M2 versions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, and Mac mini in development. In his newsletter last weekend, Gurman said that Apple plans to release at least some Macs from May to June this year, while DigiTimes He gave the second half of the 2022 time frame.
FYI: I’m still expecting an iMac Pro for those wondering. M2 versions of the Mac mini and the 13-inch and 24-inch MacBook Pro of the iMac are also in development. – Mark Gorman (@markgurman) March 8, 2022
The standard M1 chip is built based on TSMC’s 5nm process and has an eight-core CPU, along with a 7- or 8-core GPU depending on the configuration. The first M2 chip will also have an eight-core CPU, but with faster 9- or 10-core GPU options, according to Gurman.
Oddly enough, often-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted on Tuesday that the 2022 version of the MacBook Air will still use the M1 chip, though he suggested it could be a modified version of the chip without further details. Kuo said that the new MacBook Air will be redesigned with more color options and said that mass production of the notebook will begin in the late second or third quarter of this year.
The only Intel-based Macs left in Apple’s lineup are the high-end Mac mini configurations and the Mac Pro Tower. During this week’s “Peek Performance” event, Apple quipped that Apple’s silicon version of the Mac Pro is in the pipeline.
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