Apple fans can expect two exciting reveals later in 2022. The first is Apple’s next-generation version of its powerful M1 silicon chip, which will be called “M2”. Second, the supposed debut of several new Macs, which would feature the M2 chip!
Many fans are probably familiar with the Apple M1, which is an internal chip that is slowly replacing the Intel Silicon Architecture on most Apple devices. In particular, this chip delivers a performance boost on the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini that are equipped with it.
Apple would capitalize on its previous success by expanding its chip technology. Now Macrumors has explained everything there is to know about incoming devices.
Apple M2 chip specs, rumors and features
For reference, the Apple M1 chip debuted in 2020. It finally revealed an improved version called M1 Pro and M1 Max. Importantly, the M1 Pro features 10 CPU cores and 16 GPU cores, while the M1 Max features 10 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores.
Reports claimed that M2 might only feature eight CPU cores, but it will be built with speed and efficiency improvements on a smaller model. Its number of GPUs can be around 7-8 courses.
True, the number is lower than M1 Pro and Max. This means that M1 Pro and Max will be superior to M2, so Apple users with these chips could keep their devices.
On the other hand, the M2 is obviously superior to the base specs of the M1. This means Apple users with the M1 chip should consider getting an upgrade.
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Apple Mac 2022 release date: M2 chip teased
Sources at The Verge have teased that there should be several new Macs coming later this year. Data miners expect it to be a 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, 24-inch iMac, and a redesigned MacBook Air.
It’s worth pointing out that not all Apple Macs will come with the M2 chip. Since Apple follows a “light upgrades” pattern, two of the older units will still feature the M1 series.
To clarify, the 24-inch iMac should be upgraded with an M1 Pro chip. Its 27-inch version will also be upgraded with the M1 Max chip.
The Mac Mini is expected to receive an upgraded M1 Pro chipset. However, it will also have an M2 upgrade option. This implies that the MacBook Pro with the M2 chip could be the highlight of Apple’s new Macs, according to The Verge.
Bloomberg data miners also pointed out that the first batch of new Macs could debut as early as next month. The incoming presentation will mainly focus on the iPhone SE 5G and iPad Air, but at least one Mac might be mentioned on the event.
The rest of the new Macs could be unveiled in June, especially during the Apple WWDC event.
Note that a lot of this information is heavily tied to rumors and leaks, so details are subject to change. Apple hasn’t announced anything official yet, so readers are advised to take this update with a grain of salt.
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