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APPLE IS REPORTEDLY WORKING ON THE M2 CHIP, THE UPGRADE TO M1

by Sai Vardhan

APPLE IS REPORTEDLY WORKING ON THE M2 CHIP, THE UPGRADE TO M1

April 29, 2021

A new report suggests that Apple has started the production of the next-generation M2 silicon chips.

According to Nikkei, Apple’s supplier TSMC has begun the production of the rumored M2 or M1x silicon chip, and we can expect them in Apple’s devices in the late second half of the year.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Tech/Semiconductors/Apple-s-follow-up-to-M1-chip-goes-into-mass-production-for-Mac

Before jumping into the rumored chip, let’s jog up our memories of the M1 chip.

THE M1, A STAR FOR APPLE

Apple introduced the M1 chip in late 2020, serving a big blow to Intel, and it was a tremendous success. Apple also mentioned that this transaction from using Intel to our own would take at least two years. 

Earlier a week ago, we witnessed this beast in their newly designed iMac and the 2021 iPad pro in the spring-loaded event.

Popping back to the M1, the five nano-meter silicon chip was an 8 core CPU and 8 core GPU and tailored to deliver a resolute performance and optimize the battery output, and as expected, it did. However, the M1 chip had its fair share of flaws and limitations which couldn’t be ignored.

The chip only supported two thunderbolt ports and just one external display output. It also lacked math (benchmark scores) with its Intel enabled iMacs despite its impressive raw power. One of its merits was its integrated graphics card, integrated flawlessly, but it didn’t attain the desired output compared to the external and dedicated graphics card.

Nevertheless, these limitations are believed to be hashed out in the 2nd gen chip.

SO WHAT ARE THE RUMORS ABOUT?

As understood, the next generation is in the production cycle and is expected to be on the fast track for mass production. The upgraded products are bound to hit the shelves in July.

According to reports, it is expected that the apple chip this year will be a 4nm, silicon-based chip. The new chip will be launched with the same integrated CPU, GPU and neural engine but is expected to have a more efficient unified ram architecture than last year’s 8 core.

It is also anticipated to resolve last year’s M1 limitations by enhancing a greater thunderbolt port support and at least two external display supports with better battery life.

Apple is also reportedly working on the 14 and 16-inch Mac-book Pro models with a new chassis design, featuring a mag safe, SD card reader and an HDMI port support. 

 

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