Apple launched its latest iMac powered by M1 along with other devices on its ‘Spring Loaded” held on Tuesday, but according to a report on the matter by Nikkei Asia, the Apple M2 will take about three months to wrap up the production process, following which it will be supplied to the MacBook assembly chain.
The new chip is now in the production line and is based on a 4nm fabrication node, upgraded from the M1 chip’s 5nm process.
The new M2 chips are expected to power Apple’s late 2021 MacBook Pro line, with improvements which is still hard to guess because the M1 SoC was way better than its competitor Intel which certainly now puts Intel into a tough situation now.
Apple shifted from the Intel ecosystem to their custom SoC thus providing better performance and better heat management by minimalizing the TDP to 10-15W which is way lower than an Intel Processor with an average TDP of 65W eliminating the need for active cooling in most scenario.
The M1 chip also created a universal platform for Apple Ecosystem which allowed Mac OS to run iPhone as well iPad apps.
The new M2 is expected to be more power efficient considering its 4nm process . The M2 is expected to add more CPU and GPU cores, probably a few NPU cores as well. The current M1 chips have 4 large CPU cores (and 4 small ones) plus 7 or 8 GPU cores. The more efficient process will be a boon for the larger, more powerful chip.
It is suggested that it will be manufactured by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.), which is the company’s key supplier. The SoC is expected to be based on 5-nanometer plus process, with the plus indicative of better and improved performance.
The upcoming MacBook Pro, besides the performance improvements, is expected to come with a design overhaul, support for MagSafe, an SD card reader, the possible removal of the touch bar, and more changes.