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Report Claims Apple's Latest 'M2' Chips Are in Mass Production

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Apple’s next chip, the as yet unnamed successor to the M1 has, according to Nikkei Asia already entered mass production, with 'M2' powered MacBooks appearing perhaps as soon as July. 

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Nikkei Asia claims that TMSC is the fab behind the silicon, pumping them out on its 5nm+ (N5P) process. The outlet also expects the chip to appear in upcoming iPad Pro, just as the M1 did, as well as a range of Apple desktop and portable computers. As Apple and TMSC declined Nikkei Asia’s requests for comment, we don’t know anything more about the chip at the moment, but a clockspeed bump over the 3.2GHz of the M1 is likely. Other speculation and leaks have pointed to as many as 12 cores in the new chip.

The current model boasts four power cores, four efficiency cores, a GPU with up to eight cores, and a 16-core Neural Engine that accelerates machine learning tasks. The RAM is also included in the package, with up to 16GB available, and the thing overtakes Rocket Lake in single-threaded performance.

Rumors about new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros coming later this year are prevalent, along with a new 27-inch iMac to follow last week’s announcements. If those are indeed real, they could be equipped with these new chips.

Apple is currently the world’s fourth largest PC maker, after Lenovo, HP, and Dell, with a market share of 7.6% in Q4 2020. Its switch to the ARM-based M-series chips came in 2020 after 15 years of using Intel chips in its Macs. Before that, in 1994, Apple had switched to IBM’s PowerPC architecture, having used the Motorola 68000 since the Mac’s inception in 1984. The company expects to take two years to fully transition its range to the new SOCs.

  • coolestcarl
    For a long time (all my life) I was an anti apple snob (only Linux, Windows and Android devices) . But recently I tried out the ipad pro and was impressed by the build quality and just the overall work flow. And ofcourse there is apple's customer support which I have always known through other family members of how good they really are. For the first time I am actually looking forward to the experience of the new M'x' based machines. Yes I am completely aware its a closed shop. But their total control of the ecosystem both hardware and software does have benefits that cannot be easily replicated in any other compute environment. Add to it the customer service and I can actually accept the premium is worth paying (not the overpriced intel trash of yester years). These new breed of macs are definitely special.
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  • Heat_Fan89
    And Apple will no doubt say it's XX times so much faster than the previous M1 so as to encourage buyers to unload their overpriced M1 computers and buy their next overpriced Apple computer. When a companies flogs a $1300 PC with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of disk storage, you are targeting a gullible customer who bought into the marketing from Cupertino.
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  • coloradoblah
    coolestcarl said:
    For a long time (all my life) I was an anti apple snob (only Linux, Windows and Android devices) . But recently I tried out the ipad pro and was impressed by the build quality and just the overall work flow. And ofcourse there is apple's customer support which I have always known through other family members of how good they really are. For the first time I am actually looking forward to the experience of the new M'x' based machines. Yes I am completely aware its a closed shop. But their total control of the ecosystem both hardware and software does have benefits that cannot be easily replicated in any other compute environment. Add to it the customer service and I can actually accept the premium is worth paying (not the overpriced intel trash of yester years). These new breed of macs are definitely special.

    The iPad pro is an awesome device, it's not a pc replacement but it's pretty tough to beat for a portable casual usage device. I also have an iPad from 2014 that still runs great, the battery is abysmal but it's a perfect treadmill tv machine.

    I used to rail against them as well and still think they have some ridiculous pricing, but I can see why they have a loyal fan base especially among folks who would never think to build their own machine.
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  • ezst036
    With as expensive as Apple computers are it would stand to reason then that their processors should be the fastest. Good to see that becoming the case, and I'm looking forward to the ARM future. However, I wouldn't do so on an OS so completely locked down in every as MacOS is.
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  • waltc3
    M1 is a long, long way away from being the "fastest" CPU available. Only in Apple marketing is that the case...;)
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  • JamesSneed
    waltc3 said:
    M1 is a long, long way away from being the "fastest" CPU available. Only in Apple marketing is that the case...;)

    Well it is true the M1 is the fastest when comparing at the same power and may times beating chips pulling multiples more power. Of course you have to take power into account just as we would never try to compare a cell phone CPU to a server CPU.
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  • hushnecampus
    ezst036 said:
    an OS so completely locked down in every as MacOS is.
    In what ways would that be?
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