Apple has not announced the launch of the new Apple Silicon M2 chip. Despite having been spotted before the keynote, none of the products launched have this alleged new chip on board.
Despite some rumors received a few days before the Apple event on March 8, we did not see any Apple Silicon M2 processors on board the newly announced devices.
Besides the M2 chip, we haven’t seen any MacBook Airs. A few months ago, we told you what the roadmap for the presentation of the next M2 and M3 chips with their respective Pro, Max and Ultra variants could be.
In particular, despite the rumors, it seems that the next M2 will arrive in the second half. It will likely debut on MacBooks, MacMinis, and iPad Pros sometime in 2022. It’s not yet clear if it will come to MacBook Air. Apple’s cheaper laptops are expected to get a refresh soon, getting a new design look.
It’s really hard to believe that Apple is also offering the same hardware as the current Air models on the next generation, but the rumors don’t completely rule it out.
The new Apple Silicon M2 chips will certainly see Pro, Max and Ultra variants, but the timing in this case is undefined. However, it is likely that Apple will launch the first two variants first and only later the third.
The Apple Silicon M2 will likely be made using TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process. Within a few years, precisely in 2024, the Apple Silicon M3 chip should then arrive, which could even be produced in 3nm, further reducing energy consumption.
In any case, Apple is in no hurry to update processors designed for Mac and iPad. The reason ? The computing power already made available with this first generation of Apple Silicon M1 processors. The same is true when it comes to graphics processing capability, especially given the possibilities offered by the Pro, Max and Ultra variants of the M1.
One thing seems almost certain: the iPad Air 5 will be one of the last devices to integrate the Apple Silicon M1 chip launched at the end of 2020.