A Taiwanese publication, DigiTimes reports that Apple will launch new Mac models powered by the M2 chip in the second half of 2022. The upcoming Apple Silicon will be manufactured by the company’s long-term partner TSMC (Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) on an advanced 4nm process to deliver even better performance and power efficiency than the already very fast M1 chip.
In 2020, Apple launched the 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini powered by first-generation M1 Apple Silicon and in 2021, the company launched M1 iMac which changed Apple’s market share. Right after its launch, the M1 Mac mini earned Apple the number one spot in the Japanese PC market, and in the Q1, 2022 quarter, sales of Apple Silicon Macs reached $10.9 billion with a 25% growth. The next-generation Macs with M2 chips will raise the performance bar even higher.
Before the March 8, 2022 event, it was speculated that Apple will unveil new M2 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac models. But the company introduced a new Mac Studio instead which is powered by the world’s fastest chip, the new M1 Ultra. Having said that, supply chain sources claim that new Mac models with advanced M2 chip will launch later this year.
New 24-inch iMac and Mac Pro with M2 chip also expected to launch along with other Mac models
According to the report, viewed by Mac Rumors, states that TSMC will ship orders of M2 chip for new Mac models to Apple later this year.
“TSMC’s 4nm process will also build Apple’s M2 chip that will power the new Mac series slated for launch in the second half of this year.”
Mark Gurman from Bloomberg also tweeted that next-generation M2 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac models are expected but did not say when. At the “Peek Performance” event, Apple teased an updated Mac Pro with next-generation Apple Silicon as well. Thus, we are expecting all the aforementioned Mac models to launch by the end of 2022, possibly at a November event.
FYI: Still expecting an iMac Pro, for those wondering. M2 versions of the Mac mini, MacBook Pro 13-inch and 24-inch iMac are also in development.
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) March 8, 2022