Are the M2 chips already in the mass production phase?

Are the M2 chips already in the mass production phase?

According to Nikkei Asia, Apple's next chip, the still-unnamed successor of the acclaimed M1 SoC, has already entered mass production and probably the new MacBooks equipped with this chip (which we currently call "M2 ") Could already be launched on the market next July.

Nikkei Asia says that, as the Cupertino company has already accustomed us over the last few years, the actual production of the chip has been entrusted to TSMC , which is using its 5nm + node (N5P). The portal also expects the chip to appear in the upcoming iPad Pro, just like the M1, as well as several Apple desktops and laptops. Since Apple and TMSC have refused to comment on these rumors, at the moment we do not know anything more about the next SoC, but we will most likely be able to count on a higher clock frequency and, of course, improved performance in every area, from that related to the power of actual calculation to the graphic ones. Some previous leaks and rumors spoke that, this time, the chip would be equipped with twelve cores.

The current M1 can count on four high-performance cores, coupled with four cores that aim for efficiency, one GPU with eight cores and a sixteen-core neural engine that accelerates machine learning tasks. RAM is also included in the package and can go up to a maximum of 16GB. There has been a lot of talk about the new 14 "and 16" MacBook Pros coming in 2021, along with a new 27 "iMac. Most likely, such products will be equipped with the new chip.

Apple is currently the fourth largest PC manufacturer in the world, after Lenovo, HP and Dell, reaching a market share of 7.6% in the fourth quarter of 2020. The switch to ARM architecture occurred in 2020 after 15 years of using Intel chips in its Macs. Before that, in 1994, Apple had switched to IBM's PowerPC architecture, having used the Motorola 68000 since the Mac's launch in 1984. Recall that the company plans to take two years to complete the transition of its entire range of devices to the new architecture.

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