Report: Apple plans to release upgraded MacBooks with new M2 chip

Report: Apple plans to release upgraded MacBooks with new M2 chip

Apple Inc. is reportedly developing two new MacBooks with a chip known as the M2 and could debut as early as this year.

The company’s product development effort has been reported Thursday by 9to5Mac, which attributed the information to sources familiar with the matter.

Apple’s current MacBooks are based on an in-house designed chip known as the M1 that has 16 billion transistors. The M1 includes an eight-core central processing unit, a graphics processing unit and an artificial intelligence accelerator. At the time of the chip’s launch in 2020, its on-board processor was describe up to 3.5 times faster than Intel Corp. silicon. comparable.

The next version of the MacBook Air, Apple’s entry-level laptop, is said to feature an upgraded version of its M1 chip known as M2. The M2 is believed to be based on the A15 Bionic system-on-chip that powers Apple’s latest iPhones.

The upcoming chip is said to feature an eight-core processor, the same number as the M1 processor powering the current MacBook Air. Four of the eight cores will feature a performance-optimized architecture, while the other four are expected to prioritize power efficiency over speed.

Apple’s original M1 CPU GPU features five cores. The M2’s GPU will have 10, according to 9to5Mac, which could translate to a significant performance boost.

The M2 is expected to ship not only with the next iteration of the MacBook Air, but also with an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro. Little is known about other new laptop features. However, it is believed that the next-generation MacBook Air will retain the design of Apple’s current entry-level laptop.

Sources told 9to5Mac that the next MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are in “advanced stages of development.” The publication said it’s likely the machines will debut this year.

The original M1, the chip that’s supposed to be replaced by the M2 in next-generation MacBooks, is part of a series of products that also includes three other chips. These chips, known as M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra, are more advanced versions of the original processor that offer more performance.

It is believed that Apple will also develop a more advanced version of the M2. The company’s engineers are reportedly working on a processor called M2 Pro which features 12 CPU cores and 12 CPU cores, compared to eight CPU cores and five GPU cores in the M1. The processor is expected to ship as part of a future version of the Mac mini.

Reports of Apple’s plans to refresh the MacBook and Mac mini lineups with new silicon come days after the company showed off its latest processor, the M1 Ultra. The processor ships with the company’s Mac Studio desktop computer. The M1 Ultra features a 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU, and other computing components with 114 billion transistors combined, the most of any desktop chip.

Apple shipped its Mac product line with Intel processors until switching to in-house designed chips in 2020. The company’s investments in custom silicon have helped its Mac business grow recently. The company generated sales of $10.85 billion last quarter after growing revenue 25% year-over-year, more than double the growth rate achieved by the service segment. Apple during the same period.

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