As we know, Apple is working on the design of new M2 chips which will arrive, first, on the brand’s laptops and desktops, before probably making their way onto some iPads. Today new information from Mark Gurman, reporter for Bloomberg, hears that in the coming months these M2 chips will replace the current M1 chips on no less than nine Mac models.
As The Verge points out, these new rumors come just a few weeks after the launch of the Mac Studio, a sort of “Mac mini Pro”, equipped with a brand new M1 Ultra chip: the most efficient of the M1 lineup, launched by Apple at the end of 2020. This M1 Ultra SoC will likely retain the ultimate M1 chip before the launch of the first M2 chips. In this case, the latter would benefit from 10 graphics cores in their basic version (compared to a maximum of 8 GPU cores on the current “classic” M1 chip). M2 Pro and M2 Max variants are also expected, with a maximum of 12 CPU cores and up to 38 GPU cores for the most powerful versions (i.e. 2 CPU cores and 6 GPU cores more than the current M1 chip Max).
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A whole line of Mac M2s expected in 2022 and 2023
This new line of processors would begin its career on the next MacBook Air, expected later in 2022. The device would have a classic M2 chip, just like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which Apple would surprisingly plan to renew. The MacBook Pro 14 and 16 would benefit from M2 Pro and M2 Max chips and would each be available in two configurations, while two new Mac mini M2 (under M2 and M2 Pro) and a new Mac Pro (under M2 Ultra) would be also on the menu. In total, Apple would therefore give birth to nine Mac M2 models between 2022 and 2023.
Note however the rather surprising absence of the iMac on this list of devices. According to information from Mark Gurman, the all-in-one computer from Apple, completely renewed last year, therefore remained equipped with an M1 processor for a while yet.
Finally, remember that the first machines equipped with M2 chips could arrive on the market fairly quickly. Previously, Bloomberg had indeed indicated that Apple would launch ” at least two Macs ” toward ” the middle of the year “. An announcement on the occasion of the next WWDC, which will be held on June 6, is therefore not to be excluded.