Apple’s M2 will replace the legendary M1 chip. It looks like the replacement can take time as a new report suggests that Apple’s plan to launch the M2 this year has been delayed. The report states that it will arrive in 2022 accompanied by a new product.
DigiTimes’s report claims that Apple has decided to launch M2 in early 2022 or during Q2 2022. On the other hand, it is written in the report that Apple might introduce the M2 through the 2021 MacBook Air, creating confusion in Apple plans. When Apple reveals the M2 chip, the MacBook Air housing can have a lighter chassis along with a MagSafe charging port and a couple of USB 4 ports.
Apple might provide mini-LED technology with the new MacBook Air, too, but as per a previous report, it was scheduled for 2022. The entire DigiTimes report is secured by a paywall. Luckily RetiredEngineer® has shared some key points from the report. Firstly, the M2 and the A15 Bionic can share the same architecture. Reportedly, A15’s mass production commenced in May and M2 will be made on TSMC’s N5P process.
However, M2 can have a lower overall core count than M1X, which is new custom silicon said to be used in this year’s MacBook Pro and Mac mini lineup. This new architecture provides Apple the advantage to adjust the cores so they can operate at a higher frequency, hence providing better performance for the 2022 MacBook Air. Previously, a tipster and iOS developer predicted that Apple’s M2 would arrive next year in the aforementioned product but did not hint that the SoC was delayed.