Apple is yet to unveil their M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. It is rumoured that these new processors will be manufactured on TSMC’s industry-leading 3nm process. As per 9to5mac, if Apple follows the same route for its M1 lineup then we can expect massive improvements with the M2 Extreme.
Apple’s M1 & M2 Lineup
Apple introduced its M-series processors back in 2020 transitioning away from Intel. The Apple M1 was launched in 2020. Almost 1 year later, we saw the Pro & Max refreshes for Apple’s state of the art M1 chip. In 2022, Apple treated us with their M1 Ultra & the new and fancy M2 lineup. The M2 refreshes are expected by October. However, the M2 Extreme at the extreme end of the spectrum should be expected no earlier than 2023.
- M1: 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, up to 16GB RAM
- M1 Pro: up to 10-core CPU, up to 16-core GPU, up to 32GB RAM
- M1 Max: up to 10-core CPU, up to 32-core GPU, up to 96GB RAM
- M1 Ultra: up to 24-core CPU, up to 64-core GPU, up to 64GB RAM
(Data by macworld)
The M2 Extreme
Apple almost doubled the specifications of every CPU in the M1 lineup. The M2 Extreme can receive exponentially better specifications if Apple opts for this approach again.
- M2: 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, up to 24GB RAM
- M2 Pro (predicted): up to 10-core CPU, up to 20-core GPU, up to 48GB RAM
- M2 Max (predicted): up to 10-core CPU, 40-core GPU, up to 96GB RAM
- M2 Ultra (predicted): 24-core CPU, 80-core GPU, up to 192GB RAM
- M2 Extreme (predicted): 48-core CPU (100%+), 160-core GPU cores (25%+), up to 384GB RAM (500%+)
(Data by macworld)
Fabricated on the 3nm process, expect it to deliver top-notch performance. Apple’s (TSMC) silicon can leverage the high transistor density counts offered by the improved node to offer massive efficiency & performance leaps. Intel and AMD are still on the ‘10nm‘ and the ‘5nm‘ node respectively. However, transistor density wise, Intel’s silicon is equivalent to TSMC’s 6-7nm.