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Apple M2 chip — everything we know so far

The Apple M2 chip is expected to power the latest line of Macs, possibly ones released in the latter half of 2022. It’s possible for the new slice of Apple silicon to show up in the new MacBook Air 2022, Mac mini 2022, MacBook Pro 2022, and iPad Pro 2022, though it’s not clear which devices will show up first.

The Apple Silicon initiative started with a bang thanks to the M1 chip, but that was just the tip of the spear for Cupertino’s move away from Intel processors as the M1 Pro and M1 Max driving the MacBook Pro 14-inch and MacBook Pro 16-inch (respectively) demonstrated in late 2021. Some leaks suggest the M2 will be less powerful than the latest M1 chips. Instead, the M2 will focus more on balancing efficiency and power.

With that in mind, here’s what we know about the Apple M2 chip so far.

Apple M2 news and rumors (updated May 27)

  • New MacBook Air 2022 leak could be bad news for M2 performance.
  • A new report says that Apple is testing the new M2 chip inside at least 9 new Mac models, including the new MacBook Air.
  • The long-expected MacBook Air 2022 and new Mac mini have been tipped for a WWDC launch, and that means we could see the M2 chip debut as early as June 2022.

Apple M2 chip release date and configurations

Apple M2 chip

DylanDKT (opens in new tab), the Apple M2 chip will release in the second half of 2022. However, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that a new MacBook Air 2022 could show up at the Apple WWDC 2022 event in June, which will reportedly be powered by an Apple M2 chip. The rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022 will also pack an M2 chip, according to rumors.

Bloomberg (opens in new tab) reports that Apple is testing “at least nine” new Macs with four different configurations of the upcoming M2 chip. The evidence comes in the form of developer logs from third-party apps on the App Store, which have been good predictors of imminent hardware in the past, and suggests Apple is actively testing its upcoming computers against real-world software. Bloomberg adds that this has been “corroborated by people familiar with the matter.”

As with the M1, it seems Apple is testing four flavors of M2. Alongside the regular M2, there are what appear to be Pro, Max and Ultra variants. The entry-level vanilla M2 appears to be being tested in a MacBook Air 2022 (J413), a Mac mini 2022 (J473) and an entry-level MacBook Pro 2022 (J493). You may get a sense of deja vu at this point, as these are the three bits of hardware Apple debuted the original M1 chip with, so a pattern does appear to be forming. Across all three, the M2 chip has the same specs: the same eight CPU cores as the M1, but with an additional two-to-three graphics cores, for a total of ten.

Apple M2 chip specs  

Apple M2 chip

Apple M2 chip MacBook Pro 

Apple M2 chip

Apple M2 chip outlook  

Apple M2 chip

(Image credit: Apple)

If recent leaks are accurate then folks expecting beefier Apple silicon in the M2 chip would do well to their temper expectations. It appears, at least for the moment, that we won’t see the same jump in performance experienced between the 2020 M1 chip and the 2021 M1 Pro and M1 Max. This is certainly disappointing, but even if this year’s MacBook Pro isn’t as powerful as the 2021 models, a potentially less cost-prohibitive machine isn’t a total loss.

We’ll update this hub with all Apple M2 news, leaks and rumors as we receive them.


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Apple M2 chip — everything we know so far

The Apple M2 chip is expected to power the latest line of Macs, possibly ones released in the latter half of 2022. It’s possible for the new slice of Apple silicon to show up in the new MacBook Air 2022, Mac mini 2022, MacBook Pro 2022, and iPad Pro 2022, though it’s not clear which devices will show up first.
The Apple Silicon initiative started with a bang thanks to the M1 chip, but that was just the tip of the spear for Cupertino’s move away from Intel processors as the M1 Pro and M1 Max driving the MacBook Pro 14-inch and MacBook Pro 16-inch (respectively) demonstrated in late 2021. Some leaks suggest the M2 will be less powerful than the latest M1 chips. Instead, the M2 will focus more on balancing efficiency and power.
With that in mind, here’s what we know about the Apple M2 chip so far.
Apple M2 news and rumors (updated May 27)
New MacBook Air 2022 leak could be bad news for M2 performance.
A new report says that Apple is testing the new M2 chip inside at least 9 new Mac models, including the new MacBook Air.
The long-expected MacBook Air 2022 and new Mac mini have been tipped for a WWDC launch, and that means we could see the M2 chip debut as early as June 2022.
Apple M2 chip release date and configurations

DylanDKT (opens in new tab), the Apple M2 chip will release in the second half of 2022. However, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that a new MacBook Air 2022 could show up at the Apple WWDC 2022 event in June, which will reportedly be powered by an Apple M2 chip. The rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022 will also pack an M2 chip, according to rumors.
Bloomberg (opens in new tab) reports that Apple is testing “at least nine” new Macs with four different configurations of the upcoming M2 chip. The evidence comes in the form of developer logs from third-party apps on the App Store, which have been good predictors of imminent hardware in the past, and suggests Apple is actively testing its upcoming computers against real-world software. Bloomberg adds that this has been “corroborated by people familiar with the matter.”
As with the M1, it seems Apple is testing four flavors of M2. Alongside the regular M2, there are what appear to be Pro, Max and Ultra variants. The entry-level vanilla M2 appears to be being tested in a MacBook Air 2022 (J413), a Mac mini 2022 (J473) and an entry-level MacBook Pro 2022 (J493). You may get a sense of deja vu at this point, as these are the three bits of hardware Apple debuted the original M1 chip with, so a pattern does appear to be forming. Across all three, the M2 chip has the same specs: the same eight CPU cores as the M1, but with an additional two-to-three graphics cores, for a total of ten.
Apple M2 chip specs  

Apple M2 chip MacBook Pro 

Apple M2 chip outlook  

(Image credit: Apple)
If recent leaks are accurate then folks expecting beefier Apple silicon in the M2 chip would do well to their temper expectations. It appears, at least for the moment, that we won’t see the same jump in performance experienced between the 2020 M1 chip and the 2021 M1 Pro and M1 Max. This is certainly disappointing, but even if this year’s MacBook Pro isn’t as powerful as the 2021 models, a potentially less cost-prohibitive machine isn’t a total loss.
We’ll update this hub with all Apple M2 news, leaks and rumors as we receive them.

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