Soon, Apple should unveil a new Apple silicon M2 chip. A new generation of MacBook Air could benefit from it, starting next week, following the WWDC conference.
The other expected new chip is the A16, which is expected to power the new iPhone 14s due out in September.
On the other hand, according to the latest news, do not expect great performance gains for these new processors. Indeed, several analysts are counting on a minor update of their architecture, for reasons of the manufacturing process cycle.
2023, the expected turning point
Last week, on Twitter, ShrimpApplePro already mentioned the idea of a minor evolution from the A15 chip to the new A16, and from the M1 to the M2. On the mobile component side, the engraving process would still be done in 5 nm for the A16, as was the case for the A15. Thus, the user would not benefit from great advances, especially in terms of energy saving, nor from significant changes in terms of raw power. We can still hope for some improvements from one generation to another. Just remember that these will be less sensitive than what older generations have been able to offer in the past.
For Macs, analysts do not all agree on the scheme that Apple should adopt for the M2 chip. If past rumors announced the appearance of this component on MacBook Air at the next WWDC, Ming-Chi Kuo remains more measured. According to him, Apple could very well wait for its flagship subcontractor, TSMC, responsible for the Ax and Mx chips, to step up a gear on a new, even finer engraving process. Thus, the Californian firm would rely on the release of an M2 in 2023 onlyin order to offer a sufficient performance gain and energy saving compared to the M1.
Based on this assumption, therefore, the MacBook Air version 2022 would still integrate an M1 chip. He would, however, benefit from a new design.
All the same, in our opinion, the update timing seems quite logical for a switch to an M2 chip, as seen here. If the performance gain is small by switching to the M2 compared to the M1, it would not be a crucial point for Apple and even for users. In 2023, the M2 Pro, Max and Ultra chips would arrive with more substantial gains, which would stick with the Pro machines which precisely serve to serve as a showcase for performance. We therefore still banking on the announcement of a MacBook Air M2 next week.
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