Apple took advantage of its WWDC event in June to present its new generation of Apple Silicon chips for Macs, the M2 chip. And at the same time, the firm also presented new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro using this chip.
But as the two new MacBooks hit stores, rumors are already swirling about upcoming models, as well as upgraded versions of the M2, which are expected to be called M2 Pro and M2 Max. In a newsletter relayed by 9to5Mac, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman says that these more powerful versions of the M2 are well in the pipeline.
New MacBook Pros with high-performance chips?
Apple is also reportedly working on 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros that will use these new chips. The journalist also indicated that in terms of design and functionality, these machines will be quite similar to their predecessors.
As for the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, these will be the successors to the M1 Pro and M1 Max. Moreover, regarding the improvements of these chips, Apple would focus mainly on graphics performance. In essence, the MacBook Pro M2 Pro and M2 Max should be particularly suitable for those who need high graphics performance, such as people who work in photo or video editing.
Regarding the launch date of these new MacBook Pros, Gurman estimates that they should land either in the fall of 2022 or in the spring of 2023. However, predictions would be more difficult, because of supply problems. global.
M2 Pro and M2 Max: chips engraved in 3 nm?
Previously, we relayed another source who indicated that the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips could be engraved in 3 nm, unlike the M2 which is always engraved in 5 nm.
This technology will normally allow Apple to increase the performance and energy efficiency of its devices. If Apple has not yet mentioned this technology publicly, TSMC, its supplier, already presents its advantages on its website.
“TSMC’s 3nm (N3) technology will be another full step up from our 5nm (N5) technology and will offer the most advanced PPA and transistor foundry technology when introduced”can we read on the TSMC website. “N3 technology will deliver up to 70% gain in logic density, up to 15% improvement in speed at the same power, and up to 30% reduction in power at the same speed compared to technology N5. The development of N3 technology is on track and progressing well. »
Normally, the 3nm node should also be used by TSMC to manufacture the chips for the iPhones of 2023, which will allow a significant performance gain at the CPU and GPU level.
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