Apple “M2” Chip had reportedly entered the production cycle.
The next-generation Apple Silicon — tentatively named as the Apple “M2” chip — had reportedly entered the production cycle.
Nikkei reported that Apple’s next-generation chip had entered the production cycle as chip ramps were slow. In addition, Nikkei indicated that beginning production means Apple’s next-generation chips would be available in mass supply as soon as July this year.
The said schedule likely means they’ll be included in new MacBook models in the fall, probably Apple’s upcoming revamped MacBook Pro line.
The Apple M1 chip architecture delivered impressive battery life and performance when it launched in the first Apple Silicon Macs last fall.
Apple also used the same chip in the recently-announced redesigned iMac and 2021 iPad Pro. However, the M1 chip had some limitations that pro users were hoping will be addressed in the next generation chip.
Most notably, the Apple M1 chip only supported a maximum of two Thunderbolt ports and allowed for just one external display output. Also, while the Apple M1 chip delivered incredible power efficiency and raw power, it didn’t outstrip higher-end Intel Macs on all benchmarks.
Specifically, the integrated graphics of the Apple M1 chip didn’t match up to dedicated graphics cards included in a high-spec iMacs or MacBook Pros.
The expectation was that the Apple M2 chip (or “M1X,” however it was branded) will add more GPU and CPU performance, will add more Thunderbolt lanes, and will allow for at least two external displays.
Last year, Bloomberg reported that Apple was developing a successor to the Apple M1 chip featuring 20 CPU cores destined for its high-end laptops. ARM Mac desktops could feature 32-core chip designs.
Nikkei also reported that the Apple M2 chip will continue to integrate GPU, CPU, and the Neural Engine on the same chip. However, it didn’t go into any more detail on the chip’s technical specifications.