According to the Taiwanese publication, Apple plans to launch a series of Macs with M2 chips based on TSMC’s 4nm process later this year. Digitimes, This progress should allow for continued performance and power efficiency improvements.
“TSMC’s 4nm process will also make Apple’s M2 chip that will power the new Mac series to be launched in the second half of this year,” the report claimed.
bloombergMark Gurman tweeted on Tuesday that Apple has the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac and M2 versions of the Mac mini in development. In his newsletter late last week, Gurman said that Apple plans to launch at least a few Macs around May to June of this year, while Digitimes Gave the second half of the 2022 deadline.
FYI: For those still wondering there’s hope for the iMac Pro. M2 versions of the Mac mini, MacBook Pro 13-inch and 24-inch iMac are also in development. — Mark Gurman (@markgurman) 8 March 2022
The standard M1 chip is built on TSMC’s 5nm process and has an 8-core CPU with either a 7-core or 8-core GPU, depending on the configuration. According to Gurman, the first M2 chip will also feature an 8-core CPU, but with faster 9-core or 10-core GPU options.
Curiously, often-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted on Tuesday that the 2022 version of the MacBook Air will still use the M1 chip, though he suggested it could be a modified version of the chip, without elaborating. Kuo said the new MacBook Air will have a redesign with more color options and added that the notebook’s mass production will begin in the late second quarter or third quarter of this year.
The only Intel-based Macs remaining in Apple’s lineup are high-end Mac mini configurations and Mac Pro towers. During its “Peak Performance” event this week, Apple teased that an Apple Silicon version of the Mac Pro is in the pipeline.