Last Updated on July 14, 2021 by Macsoftbox
We explain everything you need to know about Apple chips if they are better than the M1, and when they will arrive.
Benchmarks for what is believed to be the next generation of Apple’s Mac processors have been released. The M1X (or M2) is expected to follow the M1, which was introduced in November 2021 and will be included in the upcoming MacBook Pros and iMac.
This is all we know about the M1X (or M2), the successor to Apple’s M1 chip.
What is the M1X?
The M1X chip would be the name that the next generation of Apple Silicon would receive. In this sense, it would be the second ARM-based processor that Apple manufactures exclusively for the Mac.
Instead of going straight to the M2, it seems that Apple plans to introduce a faster version of the same processor, with more performance cores and more graphics cores than the first version of 2020.
If the rumors and benchmarks leaked by CPU Monkey are true, this new version of the M1 chip, the M1X, will offer a significant improvement over the M1 chip found in the latest MacBook Air, entry MacBook Pro and Mac mini models.
What is the M2?
On the other hand, it is believed that the successor to the M1X could be called the M2, although it could also be the case that Apple decides to skip the M1X and present the M2 chip directly.
Alternatively, the M2 could be the chip used in Macs designed with creative professionals in mind, while the M1X would replace the M1 in Macs that are designed for day-to-day use.
Thus, Apple could debut the M2 as the successor to the 27 “iMac and the 16” MacBook Pro, while the M1X could be used for the rumored 14 “MacBook Pro and, finally, the next-generation MacBook Air.
Launch: When will the M1X and M2 be released?
Apple is expected to announce the new Mac at the upcoming WWDC in June. This update could come with both the M1X and the M2 (or both). The inaugural keynote is scheduled for June 7.
However, we may have to wait a little longer. According to Nikkei, the production of the successor to the M1 would have started this April 2021, but it would not be ready to be used in Macs until July.
Compatibility: What Macs will have the M1X and M2?
We think the M1X chip will be included in the next 14 ”MacBook Pro updates.
On the other hand, the M2 could come with the new 16 “MacBook Pro or a new 27” iMac.
Specifications: What features will the M1X have?
All the rumors are that Apple’s M1X chip will have 12 cores. That’s an increase over the 8 cores in the M1, which had 4 high-performance cores (codename: Firestorm) and 4 energy-efficient cores (codename: Ice Storm). Instead, the M1X would have 8 high-performance Firestorm cores.
Apple did not disclose the clock speed of the M1 processor, but the benchmarks suggested it was 3.2 GHz. That would not have changed with the M1X, as the leaked benchmarks also put it at 3.2 GHz.
As with the M1, the M1X would have the same 5nm process.
Those extra cores will need more power, and the benchmarks indicate that the wattage will increase, with a maximum of 45 watts in the M1X, compared to the maximum of 39 watts of the Mac mini with M1. But not bad, despite the Mac mini with Intel from 2018 hitting 122 watts.
The M1 chip offers an 8-core GPU (or seven in the case of the entry MacBook Air). As for the M1X chip, it seems that the GPU could reach 16 cores.
On the other hand, the benchmarks indicate that there will be 256 execution units on the M1 chip, while there are 128 execution units on the M1.
As in the M1 Mac, the M1X benchmarks indicate that there will still be a maximum of 16 GB RAM.
The benchmarks also suggest that the M1X will be able to work with up to three displays at the same time, which will be an improvement compared to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with M1, which are compatible with only one additional monitor.
The Mac mini with M1, on the other hand, can work with an Apple XDR monitor and a 4K display at the same time. Another option is to consult our tutorial to know how to connect two or more additional monitors on Macs with Apple Silicon.
Specifications: What benefits will the M2 have?
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on several new processors for the Mac.
In addition to the M1X, it is also developing its own 16-core CPUs and 32-core GPUs. In fact, the aforementioned report suggests that Apple would be working on models with up to 16 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores.
For more powerful computers and a smaller Mac Pro, Apple could offer 32 high-performance cores, but those chips shouldn’t arrive until 2022, or at least according to Bloomberg sources. The current Mac Pro has a maximum of 28 cores.
In addition to the expected 16-core GPU in the M1X, Apple would be working on a 32-core option, and in 2022 we could see even 64 and 128 dedicated cores in Apple’s most powerful machines, again according to sources from Bloomberg.