That’s according to a report from Nikkei Asia (opens in new tab), which cite sources “familiar with the matter”. If accurate, the report suggests that the next wave of Macs with new Apple Silicon could be on the way.
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According to Nikkei Asia’s sources, the M2 chip could start shipping in July ready to go on sale in the second half of this year. That would put it in the right time frame to be included in the MacBook Pro 16-inch 2021.
According to leaks, the M2 chip is set to pack in a lot more power than the M1 had to offer. That includes 12 CPU cores, made up of 4 performance cores and four high efficiency cores, plus 16 GPU cores.
Compare that to the M1 chip, which packs an 8-core CPU (with four performance and efficiency cores) and an 8-core GPU. We’re looking at a major upgrade.
That’s not to say the M1 chip is likely to be obsolete. The chip has already wowed with its performance, offering more power and better battery life for the same price as the old Intel MacBooks. Apple includes the M1 chip in its newly-launched iMac 2021 and iPad Pro 2021.
But Apple needs to keep pushing the envelope, especially given Apple’s goal of moving away from Intel chips within the next two years. We just hope that the M2 chip, or M1X if it really ends up being called that, offers all that power without a loss of battery life.
Expect to hear more over the next couple of months, especially as we draw closer to the MacBook Pro 16-inch 2021’s rumored mid-year launch window.
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