How the M2 will shape the next Mac and complete the Apple Silicon transition
After months of-if not year after year নিয়ে theoretically feverish theories about Apple’s chip roadmap for the Mac, this year’s World Developers Conference, finally, gave a startling peek at the successor to our blockbuster M1, which was published a year and a half ago. .
We learned more about the M2 this week when the first round of reviews landed. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is similar to the M1 model on the outside but completely different on the inside thanks to Apple’s latest chip. Benchmarks show an excellent speed increase of about 20 percent, a significant jump in graphics performance, and a very good improvement over the already-speeded M1.
But, more excitingly, now that we’ve got a second data point to work on, we can start exploring a bit more about the future of the M2 and when we can expect it to enter the rest. Mac lineup. (Like any professional writer, I can turn two points into one line. Kids, don’t try this at home.)
Outside of M2
It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that the M2 is destined for most of Apple’s consumer-level line-up, just as the M1 has entered the 24-inch iMac and Mac Mini. The real question is, just like the M1, Apple chose to use the same version of the chip on all those machines.
In the case of the M1, Apple has offered a binned 7-core GPU variant on entry-level iMacs and MacBook Air; This time, that low-end variant is an 8-core GPU M2, which could be a binned version of a 10-core GPU. (Although it’s worth noting that the low-end M2 starts at $ 200 more than the MacBook Air’s entry-level M1 Air.)
It is speculated that Apple will continue over the same period of time — and it must be acknowledged that with the size of the global supply chain, it is difficult to predict anything reliably — an M2 iMac is just a few months away. The real question is whether Apple will be able to start shipping other M2 Macs this fall or wait until next spring. iMac’s release date is not set at a specific time of year, and its updates are frequent, sometimes in the spring, sometimes in the middle of the year, and sometimes in the fall. But if Apple starts shipping its first M2 Macs next month, the fallout could be imminent, especially with supply chain constraints. My bet is next spring, because when it comes to rumored Apple products, always take more — those products will rarely show up sooner than you expect.
There is also the Wildcard Mac Mini. When Apple announced the M1 Mac Mini at the same fall event as the M1 Air, it also chose to drop the high-end Intel Mac Mini in the lineup. It stands now, it and the 2019 Mac Pro Hall Only Intel Mac which Apple still sells. Much of the speculation surrounding that high-end Mac Mini replacement revolves around a more powerful version of Apple’s chips like the Pro and Max.
The M1 version of the Pro never came to the desktop. So what will change this time? As someone on the market for M2-Pro powered desktops, I certainly hope so (heck, it would be nice to see them on an iMac as well, even if a larger model is still not a concern). My assessment is that Apple had to prioritize where to place the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips and choose to direct them to the new Mac Studio, in the case of the more popular MacBook Pro and Max.
Like the iMac, a new Mac Mini can show up at any time এমনকি even if it’s just an M2 version that sits on top of a cheaper M1-powered model. But looking at Apple’s roadmap overall, it’s hard to imagine that the Mac Mini is at the top of the update list.
Pro from the highest
What will happen to those Pro and Max versions of the M2? The M1 Pro and M1 Max chips were launched less than a year after the first M1 Macs, and not only were they much more powerful, but they also offered more configurations – especially for the GPU core – than the M1. We still don’t know how the M2 stands out from the M1 Pro and M1 Max – Apple, naturally, was hesitant to compare them publicly কিন্তু but it looks like next-generation Pro and Max chips will see gains on them. The predecessors are consistent with what M2 showed on M1.
If the timeline continues fast, this would mean that the M2 Pro / Max chips probably won’t come until next fall (alas), an idea supported Recent rumors about the redesigned MacBook Professional. And if they jump to the desktop this time around, I still hope that Apple will prioritize keeping them in their MacBook programs that sell very well সম্ভবত perhaps the same for speed-bumped Mac Studios. And of course, there’s still a system hang out …
Yes, Mac Pro. Teasing at the same spring event announcing the Mac Studio and its killer M1 Ultra chip, some had hoped that a modified Mac Pro would show up, aptly, at a developer-centric conference. But as it turned out, we were left with an unusual situation: Apple announced in 2020 that it expected change All Apple Silicon from Macs in two years, which is done – except for the Mac Pro.
But if the company tries to send a new Mac Pro by the end of 2022, there are very few questions about which chip will power it: it has to be the M1 Ultra apparently. When John Tarnas, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, unveiled the M1 Ultra, he described it as “one last chip” in the M1 family, dismissing the possibility of a seemingly more powerful processor.
Of course, the Mac Pro won’t have a less powerful processor than the Mac Studio, and while the M2 isn’t shipping yet, the Ultra version doesn’t seem to be available anytime soon. So M1 Ultra should be — or, perhaps more, multiple M1 Ultra?
Given that Apple is currently keeping the M1 Air in lineup, it is probably not surprising that both chip lines exist simultaneously. After all, the Ultra version of the M1 took more than a year to show up, and it’s only been a few months, which means it’s worth it for all users who have invested in it.