Apple launched its first-generation custom ARM-based processor last fall, and since then, the company has been working around the clock not only on refining it but also on the very first successor which many people believed could see the daylight as soon as this year.
But as it turns out, these aren’t exactly Apple’s plans, as the M2 chip wouldn’t launch earlier than 2022, according to a new report that’s making the headlines today.
First and foremost, people familiar with the matter previously indicated that an upgraded M1 chip could be introduced at some point this year, and everybody believed this could be the second-generation Apple Silicon.
But according to tipsters @dylandkt, this is actually the M1X chip that will be specifically aimed at Pro versions of the Mac. So yes, Apple is indeed working on a more powerful M1 chip, but this wouldn’t be called M2 and would eventually go live later this year, possibly in the fall.
M2 coming in 2022 on the MacBook Air
The M2 chip, which will continue the Apple Silicon push, is projected to launch in 2022, according to this leaked info, most likely with a new MacBook Air that will introduce new colors.
“Just wanted to share some details on when to expect the next generation M2 (not the M1X which is reserved for the Pro Mac devices). This processor is on track to release in the first half of 2022 alongside the upcoming colorful Macbook (Air),” a tweet published this week reads.
For the time being, however, it’s important to keep in mind this is just a rumor, and needless to say, it’s better to take such information with a healthy pinch of salt.
But at the first glance, the timing makes sense, especially if Apple indeed takes the wraps off the M1X chip later this year. More information, however, should become available in the fall when Apple finalizes its 2021 Apple Silicon plans.
Just wanted to share some details on when to expect the next generation M2 (not the M1X which is reserved for the Pro Mac devices). This processor is on track to release in the first half of 2022 alongside the upcoming colorful Macbook (Air).
— Dylan (@dylandkt) July 5, 2021