Apple is planning to launch a series of M2-powered Macs using chips based on TSMC’s 4nm process later this year, says a report from Taiwanese publication DigiTimes.
“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,” the report claims.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported in his latest Power On newsletter, that a “developer source” has informed him that in recent weeks, Apple has been testing a chip that boasts an eight-core CPU and a 10-core GPU across multiple Macs on the latest macOS beta.
The standard M1 chip is built on TSMC’s 5nm process and has an 8-core CPU, along with a 7-core or 8-core GPU depending on the configuration. The first M2 chip is expected to also boast an 8-core CPU, but will also offer faster 9-core or 10-core GPU options, says Gurman.
Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week said that the new MacBook Air will go into mass production in the second or third quarter this year. It will boast a new form-factor design, as well as more color options. Kuo says it will likely be powered by an M1 chip, and will not have a mini-LED display.