Apple M2 chip enters mass production, could launch with new MacBooks

Apple’s M1 chip has now found its way into the latest iMac and iPad Pro, in addition to the MacBook and Mac Mini. According to a new article, the successor to the M1 processor is already in mass production.

According to a new study from Nikkei Asia, mass development of the new M1 successor, tentatively dubbed the M2, began this month and could soon be seen on next-generation MacBook laptops. According to the article, the M2 chipset could be used in new MacBooks as early as July this year, with availability in the second half of this year.

The Apple M2 chipset, like the M1, is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) that combines processing units, graphics processing units, and AI (artificial intelligence) accelerators into a single chip. The M2 chip will also find its way into other Apple devices in the future, according to the article.

Apple’s M-series chipsets will take the place of Intel chips.

When Apple first announced the M1 chip in late 2020, it also stated that it will take two years for the company to fully move away from Intel chips. Apple users are now one step closer to achieving this target thanks to the new M2 chip. When the transition is complete, Intel, the world’s largest microprocessor manufacturer, will suffer a significant setback.

“Apple will inevitably use only its own chips in its electronic devices, and this is an irreversible trend….” Since Macs run on Apple’s own operating systems rather than Microsoft Windows, they have their own ecosystem and user base, according to IDC Analyst Joey Yen, who added, “So far, Apple has made a good debut, and the integrated experience has also been satisfying based on general customers’ feedback.”

It’s also unclear if Apple’s move would prompt other big brands, such as HP, Dell, and Lenovo, to replace Intel’s chips with alternatives designed by Qualcomm or MediaTek, according to Yen.