M2 chip with TSMC’s 4 nanometer production process?

According to DigiTimes, Apple plans to launch a series of M2-chip Macs based on TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process by the end of the year.

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These advancements in the production process are expected to further improve performance and energy efficiency. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman previously tweeted a few days ago that Apple had new versions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, and Mac mini with M2 chip in development. According to Gurman, Apple plans to launch some of these Macs between May and June this year, while according to DigiTimes they will arrive in the second half of 2022.

The M1 chip is based on TSMC’s 5nm manufacturing process and features an 8-core CPU and a 7 or 8-core GPU depending on the configuration. The first M2 chip, meanwhile, will have an 8-core CPU, but with either a 9 or 10-core GPU.

Curiously, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted that the 2022 version of the MacBook Air would still use the M1 chip, although he suggested it might be a modified version of that chip. Kuo also said that the new MacBook Air will get a design overhaul, with more colors, adding that mass production will start at the end of the second quarter or the beginning of the third quarter of this year.

After this week’s Peek Performance event, the only Intel Macs remaining in Apple’s lineup are the high-end Mac mini and Mac Pro.

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