Apple has begun mass production of the successor to its M1 chips.
According to a report by Nikkei Asia, the new chip, which currently goes by the label M2, may begin shipping this July. The chip, which uses the 5 nm process, will be first used in MacBooks that are currently set to release in the second half of the year.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, who produced the M1 chip for Apple, is also responsible for the production of the M2 chip. It seems that production on the new chips began around the time of Apple’s recent announcement of its M1-equipped iMac and iPad Pros.
Apple announced the 8-core M1 chip in November 2020, after announcing its plan to move away from Intel chips with a two-year transition in June of that year. Apple described its chip’s CPU cores as being the world’s fastest “in low-power silicon”. A few days later, it unveiled new MacBooks and Mac Mini devices that were powered by the new chip.