(Pocket-lint)-It’s not uncommon for processors to be updated annually, so one should expect Apple’s own custom Mac processor, the M1, to be replaced by a follow-up chip. In fact, a new report from Nikkei Asia has claimed a next -generation processor that just entered mass production this month.
Currently dubbed the M2, the new chip will likely take at least three months to produce and begin shipping in July 2021. It will likely be included in Apple’s next update to the MacBook line. The rumors point to 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with all new designs coming up in Q2 2021. That is in addition to a redesigned the 27-inch iMac later this year and a smaller version of the Mac Pro is likely to arrive in 2022.
Apple said last year that it would take nearly two years before the company completely eliminated Intel chipsets for Apple Silicon such as the M1.
Remember Apple’s custom silicon AppleM1 debuted late last year within a refresh on the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro. Recently, Apple introduced a redesign of 24-inch iMacs and a new line of iPad Pro-all running the same 5nm-based M1 processor, which Apple uses at TSMC to produce.
The M1 packs an 8-core CPU, up to an 8-core GPU, a 16-core Neural Engine, unified memory architecture, and more, which means it can deliver incredible power efficiency and raw strength. Nikkei said the M2 is expected to continue integrating a CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine on the same chip.
Writing by Maggie Tillman.