New MacBook Pros are reportedly all set to launch later this 12 months and they are going to be powered by the Apple M1X chipset, says @Dylandkt. Subsequent 12 months Apple will refresh the MacBook Air with a whole redesign and the M2 chipset, which can be much less highly effective.
The M1X can be fabbed on TSMC’s N5P course of, a refined model of the 5 nm node used for the present M1. The chip will most certainly use the identical core structure because the M1, particularly Firestorm and Icestorm cores which might be additionally discovered within the A14.
In accordance with Dylan, the M1X can have a 10-core CPU with 8 huge and a couple of environment friendly cores (in comparison with the M1, which has a 4 + 4 configuration). The GPU core rely (8 on the present chip) may be doubled and even quadruped. There may very well be a brand new Mac mini with the M1X too.
In distinction, the Apple M2 can have fewer CPU cores, although they need to change to a brand new structure and a brand new node (which most likely means greater clock speeds too). An earlier report from Nikkei Asia claimed that Apple will order 3 nm chipsets subsequent 12 months to be used in new iPad Professional fashions. Presumably, this refers back to the M2 chip that can be shared with the MacBook Air too (each gadgets depend on solely passive cooling, whereas the beefier M1X design will doubtless profit from energetic cooling).
Or as an alternative of sharing chips between type components, Apple could diversify its chipset lineup with devoted cellphone, pill, laptop computer and desktop chips. The Nikkei report already talked about that the iPhone chips can be fabbed on a 4 nm course of, so some diversification appears inevitable.