With the launch of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips offering huge advances in processing and graphics performance, new information is emerging regarding the next generation of Apple chips, highlighting a possible update cycle every 18 months.
According to the Chinese portal Commercial Times, fIndustry leaders reveal that â€śin the future Apple Silicon will be updated every 18 monthsâ€ť, changing not only the nomenclature of the chips from M1 to M2 but also the manufacturing process, from 5 to 4 nanometers.
Based on this rumor we can expect the announcement of the M2 â€” code-named Staten â€” to take place in the second half of 2022, leaving the announcement of the M2 Pro and M2 Max â€” code-named Rhodes â€” for the first half of 2023.
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The Apple M2 lineup is expected to already adopt the 4-nanometer manufacturing process, offering even lower power consumption, longer battery life, faster artificial intelligence and greater CPU and GPU power.
For the M3, which would arrive 18 months after the launch of the M2, Apple is preparing the debut of the 3-nanometer manufacturing process, ensuring advances in all the areas mentioned above.
New MacBook Air may take a little longer
Rumors have been circulating for months about the launch of the MacBook Air with an M2 chip in early 2022, but new information now points to the announcement during the second half of next year.
With production slated for the second half of 2022 and now reliable information indicating the arrival of the M2 chip during the same time of year, itâ€™s likely that Apple is planning to debut the new processor alongside the new MacBook Air.
The notebook is expected to adopt a thinner and lighter design than the MacBook Pro with powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, offering good color diversity and MagSafe connector feedback for fast charging.
M1 Max â€śQuadraâ€ť may arrive before M2
Evidence that Apple is working on a new Mac Pro with a 40-core processor surfaced in October, shortly after the announcement of the M1 Max chip.
In early December we had strong rumors that the M1 Max could be combined with other M1 Max to create monstrous versions of the processor, resulting in a â€śDuoâ€ť version with up to 20 CPU cores and a â€śQuadraâ€ť version with up to 40 CPU cores. CPU and 128 GPU cores.
Keeping with the 5-nanometer manufacturing process, itâ€™s extremely likely that powerful versions of the Mac Pro and new iMac will be announced in the first half of 2022 to close the transition cycle from Intel to Apple Silicon.
Thus, the new M2 processors would differentiate themselves by manufacturing at 4 nanometers, ensuring greater energy efficiency, lower energy consumption and performance gains in all areas, thus equipping new entry-level Macs, iMacs and MacBooks at the end of next year.