Follow AppleInsider, in the report coming from page Commercial Times of Taiwan, supply chain sources say Apple is aiming to update its Apple Silicon product line every 18 months. This is different from the A-series chips, which take a generational leap each fall as part of the iPhone’s annual upgrade.
New Apple Silicon chip launch rate slower than Apple A-series
The report says that the “M2” product line will launch in the first half of 2022, with a chip codenamed “Staten”. The “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” versions are likely to arrive as part of the M2X architecture codenamed “Rhodes” in the first half of 2023.
The M2 is said to be manufactured using the 4nm process, which is also the manufacturing process for the A16 in the iPhone 14 in 2022. According to calculations, the “M3” series will launch about 18 months after the M2 and will likely use using TSMC’s 3nm process.
Leaks from November detailed the next generation of Apple Silicon chips codenamed “Ibiza”, “Lobos”, and “Palma”. Said to be separate from Rhodes, these chips have two dies and are manufactured using the 5 nm process. While “Ibiza” is expected to be the energy-efficient version to be used in MacBook Air and iPad, “Lobos” and “Palma” are expected to be used in MacBook Pro and Mac desktops. is different.