Apple has begun mass production on the next generation of its custom silicon chip.
According to a report from Nikkei Asia, the new custom silicon chip has been codenamed M2, though there’s a chance Apple could adopt an M1X name when the product is released to the public owing to how recently the M1 was introduced. The report suggests that it takes around three months to produce and that the first devices with an M2 chip could begin shipping as soon as July, ready for Apple’s next range of MacBooks.
M2 chips are being produced by TSMC, Apple’s long-term supplier, and follow on from the success of the original M1 chips which debuted last year. Apple first introduced them to the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro, and since then, they’ve been added to the new 24-inch iMac as well as the iPad Pro 2021.
Last year, Apple confirmed that it would transition its entire product portfolio away from Intel-based chips and its own silicon. Other Macs set to be given the M1 (or M2) treatment soon include the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models as well as the Mac Pro, though this is likely to follow next year as part of an overhaul.
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