The successor of Apple’s M1 processor has reportedly hit the factory for mass production. If true, this would mark a step ahead in its goal to replace Intel processors from the upcoming MacBooks and other devices with its in-house ARM-based chips.
The information comes from Nikkei Asia who cites sources familiar with the matter. The report says that the production of the Apple chipset tentatively called M2 chip, following the nomenclature of M1, has commenced earlier this month. The M2 silicon chipset is being produced by the leading chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), which is also Apple’s prime supplier.
The architecture of Apple’s M2 processor is similar to that of M1 as in its a system-on-a-chip comprising CPU, GPU, APU, and other components. But M2 is based on a 5nm+ or N5P fabrication node which is an upgrade over M1’s 5nm architecture.
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Now that the production of the M2 processor is said to be on track, Apple is likely to equip it within MacBooks as early as July. The sources believe that MacBook with M2 SoCs could launch in the second half of 2021 and the company could employ M2 in other Apple devices as well.
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Just to recall, Apple has developed its first in-house M1 processor back in November 2020. The Cupertino-giant has then introduced 13-inch MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro powered by M1 chipset. This move by Apple was a big blow to Intel considering their 15 years of partnership.
What’s more, Apple has recently launched its M1 iPad Pro and M1 iMac, alongside AirTag and Apple TV 4K in its Spring Loaded event held on April 20. So, the company is definitely putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to the in-house chip transition.
Source: Nikkei Asia