Whereas Apple’s newest M1 MacBook Professional is lower than six months previous, the corporate is outwardly engaged on the subsequent technology of the laptop computer powered by the M2 chip, in line with a brand new report.
Tom’s Guide cites a brand new report from DigiTimes that appears particularly at Apple’s reserving of manufacturing for its new in-house chips that can “very probably” energy the subsequent technology of Macs. It’s speculated that this would be the M2 chip.
This new chip will reportedly be manufactured by Taiwanese agency TSMC, and primarily based on a 4-nanometer fabrication course of node. The present M1 chip is constructed on a 5-nanometer course of know-how and is filled with 16 billion transistors, which is probably the most that Apple has ever put right into a chip. Packing extra transistors right into a slice of silicon would imply including extra energy, so dropping from the 5-nanometer course of to a 4-nanometer course of ought to lead to a notable efficiency improve. In line with DigiTimes, the manufacturing of the 4-nanometer course of chip is forward of schedule, because it was beforehand set for a 2022 time-frame.
Bettering the M1’s efficiency could be nice, particularly because the M1 in each the present MacBook Professional and the MacBook Air completely blew the doorways off expectations and the competitors. Linus Tech Tips and PetaPixel’s own internal testing have proven that each the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Professional completely shred the competitors, bearing in mind each earlier Apple units in addition to present Home windows laptops. Even the Mac Mini, which isn’t speculated to be a powerhouse machine, performed extremely well.
Sadly, the M2 in all probability gained’t be within the upcoming redesigned iMacs which might be anticipated this spring. As a substitute, it’s anticipated that the brand new iMacs will use a desktop-focused model of the M1 chip that’s anticipated to outperform each of the M1 MacBooks in addition to the Mac Mini. In February, a leak instructed that not solely will the brand new iMacs sport a brand new design, they will also come in five colors.
These new iMacs are anticipated to be introduced in an April occasion (which on the time of publication was nonetheless only a rumor), however don’t count on to see the M2 chip or new Macbooks there. You’ll in all probability have to attend till Apple’s fall occasion — the identical time interval that it introduced the M1 chip in 2020 — to see it.