Considering the exceptional performance by Apple’s 5nm M1 chip, we all have our fingers crossed for the company’s desktop chip lineup. Unfortunately, we will have to wait for a while as the M2 which is expected to be featured in the upcoming iMac will reportedly launch in the second half of 2021.
A tipster on Weibo named ‘Mobile chip master’ says that it is expected that the M2 chip will launch during the second half of 2021. The silicon chip is codenamed as Jade. Although this is the total information provided, we can easily speculate further. First of all, a previous report stated that Apple is working on a 5nm desktop-class A14T chip for the iMac.
Secondly, we all are excited to see Apple’s powerful custom chipsets line up for Macs, but it is not confirmed which model will feature the M2. Previous reports have discussed the arrival of a redesigned iMac in 2021, but it was not addressed whether iMac Pro and the Mac Pro will feature the M2. As for Mac Pro, Apple’s engineers are working to develop a workstation which will be half the size of the current generation Mac Pro.
If it’s true that Apple is developing desktop-class silicon for the iMac, then it is confirmed that Apple is engineering a workstation-class chipset for the Mac Pro too. The question that arises now is when the machine will arrive. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, also discussed the launch of redesigned MacBook models in 2021 that will also feature Apple Silicon, but he didn’t discuss the specifications.