Apple launched the M1-powered MacBook Pro and MacBook Air in 2020. The new Apple Silicon is based on Apple’s already existing A-series chip and will eventually replace Intel processors. Apple is now working on the Apple M2 chip, which is said to have gone under mass production.
The Apple M2 SoC will remain up to three months in production. It is likely to be available for shipping in July, according to Nikkei Asia. Apple is rumoured to launch a new 14-inch MacBook and a 16-inch model later in 2021. The rumoured MacBook models are expected to launch during the second half of 2021.
"Shipments of the new chipset -- tentatively known as the M2, after Apple's current M1 processor -- could begin as early as July for use in MacBooks that are scheduled to go on sale in the second half of this year,” the report stated.
The original Apple M1 chip brought significant performance and efficiency improvements in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Air and Mac mini models. Apple also launched the 24-inch iMac 2020 and the iPad Pro with the custom silicon at its Spring Loaded Apple Event. The M2 chip is likely to feature the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, and RAM in a single unit.Rumours suggest that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro launching in 2021 will feature the new chip. Along with a redesign, the upcoming MacBook models are likely to feature a mini-LED display found on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model.