Apple M2 Chip: Expectations for the Next Gen of Apple Silicon

 Apple has long made high-end laptops and desktops that possess a serious prestige factor. They’re well-made machines that run well and hold their value, and they can be a joy to use.
For quite some time, Apple has relied on Intel to supply the processors in its computers. As Intel’s Core i series has been pretty much the industry standard, this has worked fine.
But Apple is known for its innovation, and for years the company has been creating its own proprietary processors for its iPhones and iPads. There were years of rumors that Apple had its eyes on a custom processor for its laptops and desktops, too. And then in November 2020, the company did just that, releasing their own M1 chip.

M1 Was a New Era of Processing Power

Apple started out by producing variants of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini that were powered by its own custom silicon. In each case, Apple continues to make an Intel-based variety for customers who aren’t ready to switch.
It’s hard to overstate just how powerful the M1 chip is. In test after test, the M1 blows away even the most powerful Intel desktop processors. This is the case even when running inside the MacBook Air, the weakest of the three machines.

One Chip for Everything?

At this time, Apple is putting the M1 chip into almost everything it makes, including the new iPad Pro. This is a bold strategy, but a confusing one. Why shell out extra cash for a MacBook Pro when the MacBook Air is just as powerful in terms of processing power? (Plenty of reviewers struggled to find a reason.)
It stands to reason that Apple won’t keep this strategy long-term. There will eventually be some differentiation in the market, and most industry watchers expect the next chip to arrive soon.

The M2 Chip: Higher-end Means Higher Performance

Rumors suggest Apple is working on more than one next-gen chip. The most likely version to next hit the market will probably be called the Apple M2. The M1 blew away the competition with just 7 or 8 cores, and at least some of the chips in the pipeline include as many as 20 or even 32 cores.
On the GPU side, Apple is rumored to be working on GPUS with anywhere from 16 to 128 discrete cores. This is notable because on the current M1, CPU and GPU have to share those 7 or 8 cores.
Another name you’ll see in the rumor mill is M1X. It’s possible that the next chip released will bear this name, with the M2 coming later. Or the two names could refer to different levels in the same release. It’s too early to say for sure.

Which Devices Will Get the M2 chip?

Apple has confirmed that they are working on an update to the higher-end MacBook Pro, potentially in 14- and 16-inch configurations, with more ports and more power. (They’re even bringing back MagSafe in some capacity.)
Right now, the existing 16-inch Pro is way more expensive than the 13-inch M1 Pro, and yet it’s just not as powerful in terms of processing power.
So there’s every expectation that when the new, more capable MacBook Pro model shows up, it’ll be packing a next-gen piece of Apple silicon, likely named the M1X or the M2.

When to Expect the M2

Nikkei Asia reports that Apple’s next M-series processor entered mass production in April 2021, which points to a product release in the near future. You might hear a new product announcement from Apple soon, with devices available potentially as early as late summer 2021.

M1, M2 or Intel — Upsie Protects Them All

Apple’s legacy machines powered by Intel processors still have a role to play, at least for now. And its current machines powered by M1 silicon are truly, deeply impressive. The M2 chip that’s coming next is sure to improve even further on that foundation. Whatever Apple machine you buy, no matter which processor it has, Upsie is here for you.
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