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MacBook Air 2022 — new report just tipped possible launch window

CAD-based renders of the 2022 MacBook Air
(Image credit: LeaksApplePro / Twitter)

Apple made waves when it launched its first Apple Silicon chip, the M1, back in November of 2020. A year later, the long-rumored M2 chip is nowhere to be seen. Thankfully, we might know when it’s coming, and it could be revealed alongside the MacBook Air 2022.

According to a new report from Taiwan’s Commercial Times, Apple is now planning on upgrading its silicon chips every 18 months. The report claims that the M2 chip, code-named Staten, will launch sometime during the second half of 2022. Meanwhile, the M2 Pro and M2 Max are expected to arrive in the first half of 2023.

Based on previous reports, the M2 chip is expected features the same 8-core CPU as the ‌M1‌, but It is expected to have additional GPU cores, with 9 and 10-core GPU options. The M1 had 7 and 8-core GPU options. It would also presumably get speed and efficiency improvements.

While it may seem like the M1 already has successors in the M1 Pro and M1 Max versions of the chip, we’ve already noted that the original Apple Silicon chip isn’t obsolete. If you need a simple laptop that doesn’t need the boosted processing and graphical power the Pro and Max chips have to offer, then the M1 is still more than good enough.

However, we expect that the M2 chip will take its place. So the cheaper, simple day-to-day functions will be handled by the M2, which makes it the perfect chip for something like the next MacBook Air. While we have heard rumors that a refreshed version of that machine is coming, minus the notch, we don’t know much else.

It would make sense for Apple to launch both products at the same time. Meanwhile, users with more intensive needs will want to wait for the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips to arrive, which we suspect may coincide with another MacBook Pro refresh.

But while it looks like there’s going to be roughly two years between the M1 and M2 chips, Commercial Times’ sources claim Apple will be opting for an 18-month upgrade cycle from now on. Which might explain why the M2 Pro and Max chips are reported to arrive so soon after the M2.

Sources also claim that the M2 chips will use a 4-nanometer process, a reduction from the 5-nanometer process in the M1, and that the M3 chip will also arrive some 18-months later. That would see it launch sometime in early 2024, if this report is accurate.

There’s no telling what these upgraded chips might involve at this early stage. However, we have heard rumors that Apple will be launching a brand new iMac in early 2022, complete with a 27-inch 120Hz ProMotion miniLED display.

We’ll bring you more on the future of Apple Silicon as we hear it.

Tom is the Tom's Guide's Automotive Editor, which means he can usually be found knee deep in stats the latest and best electric cars, or checking out some sort of driving gadget. It's long way from his days as editor of Gizmodo UK, when pretty much everything was on the table. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining that Ikea won’t let him buy the stuff he really needs online.