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Apple is presumably working on two new MacBooks using the M2 processor, which might be released as soon as this year.

The company’s product development plans were revealed on Thursday by 9to5Mac, which cited people with knowledge of the situation.

Apple’s latest MacBooks are powered by the M1, an internally developed processor with 16 billion transistors. A central processor unit with eight cores, a graphics processing unit, and an artificial intelligence accelerator are all included in the M1.

The chip’s inbuilt CPU was billed as being up to 3.5 times quicker than equivalent Intel silicon at the time of its debut in 2020.

More power in the M2

The next generation of Apple’s entry-level laptop, the MacBook Air, will likely use an enhanced version of its M1 CPU known as the M2. The M2 is thought to be built on Apple’s A15 Bionic system-on-chip, which powers the company’s most recent iPhones.

According to reports, the next chip will have eight cores, the same number as the M1 processor that powers the current MacBook Air.

The architecture of four of the eight cores will be performance-optimized, while the other four will prioritize energy conservation over speed.

There’s a lot we don’t know

Apple’s original M1 CPU had a GPU with five cores. According to 9to5Mac, the M2’s GPU will have ten cores, which might result in a significant speed boost.

The M2 is expected to be released alongside the next-generation MacBook Air, as well as an improved 13-inch MacBook Pro. The other new characteristics of the laptops are unconfirmed. On the other hand, the next-generation MacBook Air is expected to keep the look of Apple’s current entry-level laptop.

According to sources, both the forthcoming MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are in “advanced stages of development”. The devices are expected to launch this year, according to the journal.