M2 chip will use 4nm process, Apple Silicon to be updated every 18 months

Apple’s upcoming M2 chips for Mac will use TSMC’s 4nm process, as per a new report. The report also says that Apple will be updating its chips for Mac every 18 months.

This upgrade cycle will be different than the cycle for iPhone, which sees a new A-series chip upgrade on an annual basis. On the other hand, the iPad does not have a clear schedule for updates as the chip updates are linked closely with major new iPad Pro models which do not follow an annual cadence.

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Apple Silicon update: M2 chip on track for the first half of 2022

This new report comes from Taiwanese Commercial Times (via MacRumors). The report claims that Apple’s next-generation M2 chip, codenamed Staten, will launch in the first half of 2023, alongside its M2 Pro and M2 Max variants. The report also sheds light on Apple Silicon roadmap and says that it will be updated every 18 months. This pegs 3nm M3 series chips to a late 2024 or early 2025 launch.

According to sources in the supply chain industry, Apple Silicon will be updated every 18 months in the future. In the second half of 2022, Apple will first launch the M2 processor code-named Staten, and in the first half of 2023, it will launch the new M2X processor architecture code-named Rhodes, and release two processors such as M2 Pro and M2 Max according to the different graphics cores. Apple’s M2 series processors all use the 4-nanometer process, and will be updated to the M3 series processors after an 18-month cycle. It is expected that they will be mass-produced using TSMC’s 3-nanometer process.

An M2 chip launch in the first half of 2022 would align with the recent rumors that a redesigned MacBook Air will launch around the same time. The new design is expected to feature a 1080p camera, function keys, MagSafe support, multiple color options, and more. A larger iMac is also expected to ship next year which will feature a powerful new version of the M2 chip, tentatively called the M2X in reports.

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