Apple plans to update its self-developed chips every 18 months
According to Apple’s statement when it released the M1 chip, it will transition its Mac product line from x86 processors to self-developed chips within two years. This work has been carried out for a year. With the release of new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros this fall, it is equipped with more powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, which means that this work has taken a big step forward.
According to ctee, it has been reported that the development of M2 series chips in Apple’s supply chain is close to completion and will be manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm process. In the future, Apple’s self-developed chips will be upgraded in 18 months. After 2022, Apple’s Mac product line will be adjusted to six series. Notebooks will be divided into MacBooks equipped with M2 chips, and MacBook Pros equipped with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips; the all-in-one machine will be divided into iMac equipped with M2 chip, and iMac Pro equipped with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips; desktop platforms will also have Mac mini equipped with M2 chip, and Mac Pro equipped with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.
With the introduction of the M2 series of chips, Apple’s division of its product lines will be more clear, which will also help speed up the replacement of product lines. In the M2 series, M2 code-named “Staten” is expected to be launched in the second half of 2022, and M2 Pro and M2 Max chips code-named “Rhodes” are expected to be launched in the first half of 2023. It is expected that after another 18 months, Apple will launch the M3 series of chips, manufactured using TSMC’s 3nm process. In addition, the A16 Bionic used in the iPhone 14 series will use a 6-core CPU architecture and be manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm process.