Since November 2020, Apple has revealed and introduced Apple Silicon chips from the M1 chip in the 2020 MacBook Pro to the M1 Pro & M1 Max SoCs in this year’s revamped MacBook Pros. Now, a new report cites that the Cupertino-based giant will drop new silicon chips every 18 months.
M1 Pro and M1 Max are the latest editions of Apple Silicons, giving much improved specs over the regular M1 chip. Apple is still on its path to adopting silicon SoCs to all Mac products, replacing Intel chips.
According to the Taiwanese Commerical Times, Apple is planning to release the M2 silicon chip (codenamed Staten) in the second half of 2022 – speculated for the proposed 2022 MacBook Air, with the M2X chip (codenamed Rhodes) in the first half of 2023. Then with an 18-month cycle refreshing the silicon lineup with the M3 processor.
“According to sources in the supply chain industry, Apple Silicon will be updated every 18 months in the future. In the second half of 2022, Apple will first launch the M2 processor code-named Staten, and in the first half of 2023, it will launch the new M2X processor architecture code-named Rhodes, and release two processors such as M2 Pro and M2 Max according to the different graphics cores. Apple’s M2 series processors all use the 4-nanometer process and will be updated to the M3 series processors after an 18-month cycle. It is expected that they will be mass-produced using TSMC’s 3-nanometer process.”.
As the year comes to a close, 2022 is looking to become Apple’s big Mac year, with numerous Mac products debuting throughout the next year.
In his latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg is reporting that Apple plans to launch numerous Mac machines next year, including a silicon Mac Pro which we still didn’t see in addition to a new entry-level MacBook Pro. Here is the list:
- An all-new Mac Pro powered by an Apple Silicon chip
- An updated entry-level MacBook Pro
- A major revamp to the Macbook Air featuring the M2 chip
- A high-end 24-inch iMac to replace the current machine
- An updated Mac mini