According to developer logs, Apple has already started testing the new M2 SoC (System-on-Chip) chips that would go into new laptops and desktops. However, it is still unclear whether Apple will announce them at the upcoming WWDC conference this June.
Apple is already testing the M2 / Photo Apple presentation, Reuters.com
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is already testing at least nine new Macs based on M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max and M2 Ultra SoCs. From previous unofficial information, we learned that the M2 architecture is mainly based on Apple’s Bionic A15 chip family. New reports confirm this information and shed additional light on the specifications of the upcoming processors.
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The M2 chips will not get more cores compared to the M1, but are expected to provide more powerful GPUs. The M2 Pro will gain two more power-efficient Icestorm cores, while the M2 Max will provide two power-efficient cores and a better GPU.
Since the new SoC chips will be manufactured using TSMC’s N5P technology, Apple cannot explicitly increase the number of CPU cores and GPU clusters, so we expect rather moderate performance gains in benchmarks, as well as better power efficiency. The M2 series will prove to be more of an evolution and improvement of the M1, rather than the kind of revolution that the M1s became when they were unveiled. However, that doesn’t mean that the M2s won’t be noticeably more efficient.
According to the source, the number of M2-based systems Apple is testing includes the new MacBook Air, the entry-level MacBook Pro, the 14-inch MacBook Pro, the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the all-new Mac Pro. There are no iMacs on the list as of yet – it’s very possible that Apple won’t introduce an M2 version in this segment for now. At the same time Apple will not introduce all the new products at once and will do it gradually over the coming months. At the beginning of June is planned WWDC conference, where Apple may already present refreshed MacBook Air and probably a new Mac Mini.
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It is unofficially said that the MacBook Air will receive a distinctly different look. This could certainly attract many interested parties.