A new rumor recently hinted at a probable launch date for the MacBook Air in 2022.
And we’re here to share it with you…
The Big News
Apple has made waves since it introduced the first Apple silicon chip, known as M1. M1 was introduced in November 2020. One year on and the much-anticipated M2 chipset has not been discovered. Fortunately, we may be able to know when it will arrive and when it will be revealed, along with that of the MacBook Air 2022.
According to reports from the past, the M2 chip is likely to have the same 8-core CPU that was used in the M1. However, it is expected to come with additional GPU cores. It will have the option of having 9 or 10 core GPUs. The M1 was equipped with 7 and 8-core GPU options. It could also see the speed and efficiency gains.
Although it might be possible that the M1 does have successors, such as both the M1 Pro and M1 Max versions of the chip, we've pointed out that the initial Apple Silicon chip isn't outdated. If you're looking for a straightforward laptop that doesn't require the enhanced processing or graphic performance that the Pro or Max chips offer, the M1 is better than adequate.
We do expect an M2 processor to take its place. This means that the less costly, basic everyday tasks will be taken care of by the M2, making it the ideal chip for something similar to the next MacBook Air. We've heard rumors of a refreshed version of this device being on the way, minus the notch, but we don't know anything about anything else.
It is logical and makes sense for Apple to release both of its products simultaneously. Users who have more demanding requirements are likely to wait to see the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, and we believe that they will be in conjunction with a future MacBook Pro refresh.
However, while it appears it's going to take around two years to bridge the gap between chips M1 and M2, Commercial Times' sources suggest Apple is planning to go with an upgrade cycle of 18 months starting from today. This could be the reason why the M2 Pro and Max chips are expected to arrive in the M2 Pro and Max chips are expected to arrive quickly following the M2.
According to sources, the chips in M2 will employ the 4-nanometer process, which is an improvement from the 5-nanometer process of the M1 chip. They also claim the M3 chip is expected to be released 18 months later. If this information is true, it would mean that it would debut in 2024, possibly around the beginning of 2024.
At this point, there's no way to tell what new chips will be able to do. But, we've heard reports that Apple is expected to launch the brand new iMac in the early 2022 time frame, complete with a 27-inch, 120Hz ProMotion mini LED display.