Apple M2 Chip in production, to debut in the 2021 MacBooks

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Apple M2 Chipset

Apple began mass production of the next generation of Mac processors this month. This rumour was claimed to be true by a source which is familiar with the project told Nikkei Asia. The goal of Apple to replace Intel-designed central processing units with its own is being achieved as this move has brought the United States’ tech giant a step closer to its goal.

The processor, temporarily called “M2” named after Apple’s M1 chip, takes at least three months to manufacture. The Apple M2 chipset, like the M1, is a system on a chip (SoC) and will have processing units, GPUs, and AI accelerators all on the same chip. Rumours claim that the shipping of this new M2 chipset could commence by July so that it can be used in Apple’s next line of MacBooks scheduled to be launched in the second half of 2021.

Apple’s custom ‌M1‌ silicon was manufactured by TSMC, an Apple supplier. The ‌M1‌ made its first appearance in the last quarter of last year when it was incorporated the Mac miniMacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro. These devices having M1 silicon chipsets were characterised with considerable performance improvements and battery efficiency over the Intel chips it replaced.

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The newly redesigned and launched 24-inch iMacs and new iPad Pro lineup are equipped with the M1 chipset found in other Apple silicon Macs in order to lay emphasis and draw attention to the hardware capabilities of the devices.

According to Apple, the ‌M1‌ chip delivers up to 3.5 times faster system performance, up to 6 times faster graphics performance, and up to 15 times faster machine learning. It also enables battery life up to 2 times longer than previous-generation Macs, all credit goes to M1’s 8-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine, unified memory architecture and other properties. With all these great features, we expect to see even more from the M2 Chipset, that is if the rumors are true.

It was confirmed from a trusted source that Apple announced in 2020 that it would take the company two years to stop using the Intel chipsets and adopt Apple silicon. Rumors suggest that future Apple silicon Macs will be incorporated in the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with an all-new form factor to be released in Q2 2021, along with the redesigned 27-inch iMac later this year and a smaller version of the Mac Pro, likely in 2022.

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