Report Claims Apple’s Chip Roadmap Will See 18-Month Revision Timeline
Apple silicon, including the new M2 chip, will reportedly be on an 18-month refresh cycle. That’s according to a new report by Taiwanese publication, Commercial Times.
That differs from Apple’s A-series chips that power its iPhones and iPads but does appear to match the cycle the M1 series is on right now.
The report says that we should expect the new M2-series chips to arrive around the middle of next year, with the M3 coming 18 months later.
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.
Apple’s move away from Intel is almost complete with only the Mac Pro and iMac now left without an Apple silicon chip. Apple’s own chips are faster, cooler, and power efficient than the Intel chips that were used before their arrival and have proven hugely impressive in the latest round of MacBook Pros.
Hopes are high that a future chip will make for a mighty Mac Pro, although timescales for such a release aren’t yet known.