The M2 roadmap is exciting, but the next stop may not be until 2023
After months of যদি if not year after year পূর্ণ theoretical feudalism over Apple’s chip roadmap for the Mac, this year’s World Developers Conference finally gave a startling look at the successor to our blockbuster M1, published a year and a half ago. .
Until it reaches the hands of reviewers and users, we do not have much solid information about the effectiveness of M2. What we do know is that the new MacBook Air comes with a processor in the center and the new (not actually) 13-inch MacBook Pro comes in two options: an 8-core CPU / 8-core GPU model on the base-level MacBook. Other configurations include Air and an 8-core CPU / 10-core GPU. We also know that Apple has added a higher memory capacity, faster memory throughput and M1 Pro and higher built-in dedicated video encoding and decoding hardware.
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 entered the 24-inch iMac and Mac mini. The real question is, in the case of the M1, does Apple choose to use the same version of the chip on all those machines?
For the M1, Apple has offered a binned 7-core GPU variant on entry-level iMacs and MacBook Air; This time, the low-end variant is an 8-core GPU M2, which could be a binned version of the 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.)
Assuming Apple continues to run on the same timeline — and it must be acknowledged that with the shape 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 launch other M2 Mac shipping this fall or wait until next spring. iMac’s release date is not set for a specific time of year, and 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 leave 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, such as 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 more popular MacBook professionals and, in the case of Max, the new Mac Studio.
Like the iMac, a new Mac Mini can be seen 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 M2? The M1 Pro and M1 Max were launched less than a year after the first M1 Mac, and not only are they much more powerful, they also offer more configurations – especially for GPU cores – than the M1. We still don’t know how the M2 stands out against the M1 Pro and M1 Max ল Apple, naturally, was hesitant to compare them publicly কিন্তু but perhaps the next-generation Pro and Max chips will see an advantage over them. The predecessors are consistent with what M2 showed on M1.
If the timeline continues to run fast, this means that M2 Pro / Max chips will probably not arrive (next) until next fall, an idea supported. Recent rumors about the redesigned MacBook Professional. And if they do jump to the desktop this time around, I still hope 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. Announcing Mac Studio and its killer M1 Ultra chip at the same spring event, 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’s 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. 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, which seems to rule out the possibility of a more powerful processor.
Of course, the Mac Pro won’t have a less powerful processor than the Mac Studio, and while the M2 hasn’t been shipped 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 was only for a few months, which means that for all users who have invested in it, it will be worth the price.