Apple M2 Pro Chip goes into mass production this year: Report

Apple M2 Pro silicon, which is believed to be built on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)’s 3nm process, will begin mass production later this year, according to an analyst. The news follows the launch of the M2 chipset, which Apple unveiled at WWDC 2022 in its latest MacBook Air (2022) and 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) laptops. It is noteworthy that Mark Gurman has already claimed that the Cupertino-based company is testing a 14-inch MacBook Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro chip.

Referring to analyst Jeff Pu of Haitong Intl Tech Research, 9to5mac reports that Apple supplier TSMC will begin mass-producing the “more powerful M2 Pro chip” later this year. It is said that the disk set was built on the 3nm process. If true, the silicon will be more powerful than the Apple Silicon M2 chip, which is built on the same 5nm process as M1.

Earlier this week, Apple unveiled its latest M2 chipset at WWDC 2022 in the MacBook Air (2022) and the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022). The MacBook Air is the first refresh of the company’s MacBook Air laptop since the M1-powered MacBook Air made its debut in November 2020. Apple says the M2 disk drive has 20 billion transistors and a 10-core GPU. It is claimed to offer 18 percent improved CPU performance and 35 percent GPU performance than its predecessor, and is 1.9 times faster (CPU) and 2.3 times faster (GPU) compared to competing 10-core processors. The new disk set also comes with the new Secure Enclave, media engine and neural engine.

As mentioned, a previous report claimed that Apple is already testing a 14-inch MacBook Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro chipset. In addition, there is also a reference to “M2 Max” chip with the code name J414 which allegedly has 12 CPU cores and 38 graphics cores, and support for 64 GB RAM. These two laptops are also being tested with the M2 Max chip, the report states.

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