With the release of Apple’s M2 processor, rumors have already begun to circulate regarding the company’s upcoming chip launches.
After almost two years of the first generation, which has seen four different versions of the M1 chip come out, the beginning of a new cycle brings up new questions, such as what Apple will release after that and when it will take place.
Moving from 4nanometers to 3nanometers will probably be a tough problem, and analyst Jeff Pu says that Apple’s M2 Pro and M2 Max will start mass production afterward this year. Even if there are no slowdowns in the timeline for mass production, consumers won’t be able to buy new product lines with the next generation of Apple Silicon until at least 2022.
The M1 Pro and M1 Max authority the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro collection. The new processors are anticipated to have more CPU and GPU cores. A previous report said that the M2 Max may have up to a 12-core CPU and a 38-core GPU, while the M1 Max can only have a 10-core CPU and a 32-core setup at the moment.
If the 3nm report is true, the difference in performance between the M2 Pro and the M2 could be even bigger than the difference between the M1 Pro and the M1. But it’s best not to get too excited until more reports confirm that the M2 Pro processor is indeed 3nm.
Since Apple likes to do things over and over again, it stands to reason that any evaluation of the M2 series timeline should take into account what Apple did with the M1.
Apple’s debut of Apple Silicon, which took occur at WWDC 2020, marked the beginning of the M1 generation. It didn’t disclose any consumer hardware at the event, but it did provide a customized Mac mini to developers, laying the basis for the processors.
Once again, the M2 Ultra and the rumored “M2 Extreme” are going to be a bit longer. If the cycle is nearer to one year rather than two, that might come around WWDC time, but more likely in 2023.