the landmarks for what are believed to be the next generation of Mac processors from Apple. The M1X (or M2) is expected to follow the M1, which was introduced in November 2021 and will be included in the next MacBook Pro and iMac.
That’s all we know about the M1X (or M2), the successor to Apple’s M1 chip.
What is the M1X?
The M1X chip would be the name that the next generation of Apple Silicon would receive. In that sense, it would be the second ARM processor that Apple makes exclusively for the Mac.
Instead of going straight to the M2, it looks like Apple is planning to introduce a faster version of the same processor, with more performance cores and more graphics cores than the first version in 2020.
If rumors and landmarks filtered by Monkey CPU That’s right, this new version of the M1 chip, the M1X, will offer a significant improvement over the M1 chip found in the latest MacBook Air, entry MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models.
What is the M2?
On the other hand, it is believed that the successor to the M1X could be called the M2, although it could also be that Apple decides to skip the M1X and present the M2 chip directly.
Alternatively, the M2 could be the chip used in Macs designed for creative professionals, while the M1X would replace the M1 in Macs designed for everyday use.
So Apple could launch the M2 as the successor to the 27 “iMac and 16” MacBook Pro, while the M1X could be used for the supposed 14 “MacBook Pro and, finally, in the next generation MacBook Air.
Launch: When will the M1X and M2 be released?
Apple is expected to announce the new Mac at the next WWDC in June. This update could come with the M1X and M2 (or both). The keynote The inauguration is scheduled for June 7.
However, we may have to wait a little longer. According to Nikkei, production of the M1 successor would have started in April 2021, but it would not be ready for use in Macs until July.
Compatibility: Which Macs will have the M1X and M2?
We believe the M1X chip will be included in future updates to the 14-inch MacBook Pro.
On the other hand, the M2 could come with the new 16 “MacBook Pro or a new 27” iMac.
Specifications: What are the features of the M1X?
All rumors are that Apple’s M1X chip will have 12 cores. This is an increase over the 8-core M1, which had 4 high-performance cores (codename: Firestorm) and 4 energy-efficient cores (codename: Ice Storm). Instead, the M1X would have 8 high performance Firestorm cores.
Apple did not disclose the M1 processor clock speed, but the landmarks suggested it was 3.2 GHz. This would not have changed with the M1X, as the landmarks leak also put at 3.2 GHz.
As with the M1, the M1X would have the same 5nm process.
These extra cores will need more power, and the landmarks indicate that the power will increase, with a maximum of 45 watts in the M1X, compared to the 39 watts maximum of the Mac mini with M1. But not bad, despite the 2018 Mac mini with Intel hitting 122 watts.
The M1 chip offers an 8-core GPU (or seven in the case of the MacBook Air entry). As for the M1X chip, it looks like the GPU could reach 16 cores.
On the other hand, landmarks indicate that there will be 256 threads on the M1 chip, while there will be 128 threads on M1.
As with Macs with M1, landmarks of the M1X indicate that there will always be a maximum RAM of 16 GB.
The landmarks They also suggest that the M1X will be able to work with up to three displays at the same time, which will be an improvement over the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with M1, which only support one additional monitor.
The Mac mini with M1, on the other hand, can work with an Apple XDR monitor and a 4K display at the same time. Another option is to check out our tutorial on how to connect two or more additional monitors on Mac with Apple Silicon.
Specifications: What are the features of the M2?
According to a report by BloombergApple is working on several new processors for Mac.
In addition to the M1X, it is also developing its own 16-core processors and 32-core GPUs. In fact, the aforementioned report suggests that Apple would work on models with up to 16 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores.
For more powerful computers and a smaller Mac Pro, Apple might offer 32 high-performance cores, but those chips aren’t expected to arrive until 2022, or at least depending on the sources. Bloomberg. The current Mac Pro has a maximum of 28 cores.
In addition to the 16-core GPU expected in the M1X, Apple is reportedly working on a 32-core option, and in 2022 we might see even 64 and 128 dedicated cores in Apple’s most powerful gear, according to sources. Bloomberg.