We have been considerably shocked when the brand new iMac arrived with an M1 chip at Apple’s Spring Loaded occasion. We had heard rumors that Apple was engaged on the successor to the M1 processor, and Apple’s all-in-one appeared like an important place to debut it.
That did not occur. As a substitute, we obtained the identical M1 chip that is within the MacBook Air, proper right down to the cheaper possibility with seven GPU cores as a substitute of eight. Granted, it will nonetheless be a really quick machine, however we have been hoping to get a glimpse on the second era of Apple silicon.
Now it appears that evidently chip is on the way in which. In accordance with Nikkei Asia, the subsequent era of Apple silicon chips has entered mass manufacturing and shipments might start as early as July to be used in MacBooks which can be scheduled to go on sale within the second half of this 12 months.
Nikkei Asia says the chip is tentatively referred to as the M2, however we have additionally heard rumors that it may very well be known as the M1X.
The chip is probably going certain for the rumored 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions which have been rumored for some time. They have been initially anticipated to reach at WWDC in June, however manufacturing shortages reportedly pushed again the launch to the autumn.
It is sensible that Apple would launch a brand new chip with its remaining Macs, that are all higher-end machines. A Bloomberg report from late final 12 months stated Apple’s subsequent processors are destined to be positioned throughout upgraded variations of the MacBook Professional, each entry-level and high-end iMac desktops, and later a brand new Mac Professional workstation. The report claimed Apple was engaged on chip designs with as much as 32 high-performance cores for higher-end desktop Macs and 16 energy cores for notebooks, however cautioned that Apple Apple might select to first launch variations with solely eight or 12 of the high-performance cores enabled relying on manufacturing. The present M1 has 4 high-performance cores.