A rumor from Taiwan claims that the 2022 MacBooks will be equipped with a processor engraved in 4 nm. This would obviously be the Apple M2 SoC, successor to the Apple M1. This same rumor confirms the arrival of M2 Pro and M2 Max versions. But they will not be offered until 2023.
Apple has more than 10 years of experience in the field of ARM processors, the A4 dating from 2010. With such liabilities, the Cupertino company launched in 2020 on processors for computers with the M1. Unlike Intel processors, the M1 works with the ARM instruction set, like the SoCs of iPhones and iPads. We had the opportunity to test the prowess of the Apple M1 with the 2020 MacBook Air. And the result is truly astonishing.
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A year later, Apple did not come back with an M2 processor, but with two variations of its M1: the M1 Pro and the M1 Max. The main difference between the M1 and its two versions is the size, with M1 Pro and M1 Max being much larger. So much more powerful. The two SoCs benefit from the same finesse of engraving: 5 nm, like the A14 and A15 Bionic of the iPhone 12 and 13, respectively.
Will there really be an Apple M2 to replace the M1? there is no doubt. According to a leak relayed by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman earlier this month, Apple has every intention of launching an M2 processor. E this would be used to animate, among other things, a financially accessible MacBook Pro in 2022. However, the journalist did not reveal any technical information.
2022 MacBook Pros to use M2 processor engraved at 4nm
This absence is finally filled thanks to the Taiwanese site Commercial Times. The latter relays a leak that reveals certain details on the next Apple processors for its MacBooks (and certainly its iPad). The most important detail is the fineness of the engraving of the Apple M2. It will reach 4 nm. The component will be, like its predecessor, engraved at TSMC. And it will animate computers and tablets from the second half of 2022. This is perfect for the renewal of MacBook Pros.
The leak also addresses the Pro and Max versions of the M2. These should be engraved in 4 nm also and could be presented in commercial products from the second half of 2023, without real surprise. It is unlikely that these variations are engraved in 3 nm, as you might read from some colleagues. We no longer expect Apple to change the finesse of engraving with the M3s.
The leak of the Commerce Times also evokes the very probable A16 Bionic which will host the iPhone 14 series. According to the Taiwanese daily, the SoC will come in two versions. The main difference between the two is in the 5G modem. The heart of future iPhones should also be engraved in 4 nm, promising excellent performance.
Source: Commercial Times