23 July 2021
Apple is reportedly refreshing the MacBook Pro lineup with new additions this year. The rumors around the 2021 MacBook Pros have been around for some time now and now a new tip has arrived that talks about one key component.
According to @Dylandkt on Twitter, MacBook Pros launching this year will be powered by the Apple M1X chipset and not the M2 chipset as you would have expected. Instead, the next year’s MacBook Air will get an M2 chipset apart from a design overhaul, as per the tipster.
The M1X chipset is said to be fabricated on TSMC’s N5P node process, which is a refined version of the 5nm node used for the current M1. As per the given information, the M1X chipset has a 10-core architecture comprising 8 big and 2 efficient cores, compared to M1 which has a 4+4 configuration. Apple M2 on the other hand is said to be using fewer CPU cores and according to Dylan, it is on track to release in the first half of 2022.
One more tweet from the tipster tells this chipset will also be used by a new Mac mini which is expected to launch alongside this new MacBook Pro.
Not much is present on the web about these two alleged chipsets from Apple but we expect to hear more.
Previous leaks have already talked about the features of the 2021 MacBook Pro models, according to which we might see HDMI port and card reader in the devices. They might come in two sizes – 14-inch and 16-inch with flat-edges, MagSafe, but no Touch Bar. There are going to be more ports, compared to the last-gen MacBook Pro models.
In March, a report claimed the mass production of this year’s MacBook Pro will start from H2 2021. Standing at the start of the second half of this year already, we believe the production has already been started and we are likely to see them somewhere in Q3.