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Apple Could Release Four New Macs With M2 Chip in 2022

Apple could be releasing four new Macs and a new ARM-based system on a chip (SoC) this year.

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The Cupertino-based company was reported to be preparing for part three of its end-to-end computer overhaul, a move that replaces Intel-based chips in iOS devices like Macs with Apple Silicon. This transition in hardware could mean future Macs could come with an Apple Silicon chip much better than the M1 sometime in 2022.

Yes. There could be new Macs that could come equipped with an M2 chip this year.

A Bloomberg report mentioned that Apple could be currently working on a new M2 chip alongside improvements to the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips and super-powered versions of the M1 Max - Apple Silicon chips that some of the new Macs could be based on. While all seven possible Macs are exciting, the possible M2 chip could be installed into four Macs - a 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, 24-inch iMac and a redesigned MacBook Air.

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The rumours about these four Macs seem to align with last week's report that Apple registered three new Macs that could be featured in Apple's first event in 2022, with one of them being a portable computer - a laptop. French news site Consomac said that Apple already registered these three with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) in January 2022, which comprises of a portable computer and two desktop computers. However, Consomac warns people not to expect these devices to be featured in any Apple event soon as the company usually registers devices with the EEC several months in advance.

The EEC is the Russian counterpart of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Bloomberg reports that the other Macs that could be coming with an M1 Max or Pro chip installed are a Mac Mini, a larger iMac Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options and the first half-sized Mac Pro that comes with Apple Silicon.

This new half-sized Mac Pro could have the equivalent of either two or four M1 Max chips.

The Apple M1 chip has an 8-core GPU, but it also has another version for entry-level Macbook Air models where the GPU has only seven cores active. Credit: Apple

Going back to the M2 chip, the Bloomberg article mentioned that the new chip would be slightly faster than M1 in terms of processing speed despite having the same eight-core architecture. Meanwhile, graphics may get a boost due to what could be an additional two cores.

A MacRumors article mentioned that while the M2 is less powerful than the M1 Pro and Mi Max chips, it is more powerful than the M1. Whether that fact is good for the new Macs coming in 2022 or not remains to be seen. However, Bloomberg predicts that we should be seeing the Pro and Max versions of the M2 sometime in 2023, along with the chip that will replace the M2 - the first M3 chip.

Both Bloomberg and MacRumors predict that Apple's first event could be held on 8 March 2022, during a time when Apple usually holds events. Whether we see the new Macs and the M2 chip or not, it's still going to be one exciting event; with a new iPhone SE and a fifth-generation iPad Air with an A15 Bionic chip possibly being featured in the event.

  • Apple could be releasing four new Macs with M2 chips installed in 2022 due to the company's end-to-end computer overhaul to replace Intel-based chips with Apple Silicon.

  • Bloomberg reports that Apple is rumoured to be working on a new M2 chip that will replace the current M1 chip.

  • The new M2 chip is expected to be installed into four new Macs: a 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, 24-inch iMac and a redesigned MacBook Air.

  • The four Macs Bloomberg listed seems to confirm a Consomac report stating that Apple registered two Macs and a MacBook with the ECC.

  • The M2 chip could be more powerful than the M1, especially when it comes to their GPU. However, the M2 is expected to be less powerful than the Max and Pro versions of the M1.

  • The Max and Pro versions of the M2 could be coming in 2023, along with the first M3 chip.

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