In 2020, Apple surprised everyone by announcing the transition of Macs from Intel processors to Apple Silicon processors based on the Arm architecture. The first chip for Apple computers is the M1 chip. Thanks to this chip, Apple machines gain in performance and energy efficiency. In addition, Cupertino can claim more independence from Intel and better control its hardware.
In addition, the M1 chip is not reserved for computers. In fact, the Cupertino company also lifted the veil of its new iPad Pro a few days ago. And unlike previous models that used slightly modified iPhone chips, these new iPad pros use the M1 chip. With this move to the M1 chip, the iPad Pro can increase CPU performance by 50% and GPU performance by 50% by 2021.
And now that there are many products out there that use the M1 chip, the next generation, which could be referred to as the M2, is becoming increasingly important. In an article published this week, the Asian media spread Nikkei rumors about this M2 chip.
According to these rumors, mass production of the M2 chip is set to begin in April. Shipments could begin in July so that these chips can equip devices that will be launched in the second half of 2021.
Of course, Apple should offer performance improvements compared to the M1 chip. According to Nikkei, the M2 chip should benefit from 5-nanometer-plus or N5P technology.
At the moment this information is still unofficial and therefore caution is advised. In any case, releasing the M2 chip would be a new step in Apple’s 2020 transition. As a reminder, the M1 chip was officially launched in June during WWDC. Apple then stated that this transition would take two years. And since the M2 chip is also intended to equip future iPad professionals from 2021, this component has a double meaning.
Increasing demand for computers and tablets
Either way, this transformation comes at an opportune time for Macs and iPad pros. In fact, the demand for computers and tablets is currently increasing due to the massive use of teleworking and distance learning.
According to IDC data, computer shipments rose 13.1% in 2020. “Looking back, the pandemic not only fueled demand in the PC market, it also created opportunities that led to market expansion,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president at IDC Worldwide Mobile Device Tracker in a report. And as mentioned in a previous article, this trend continued into the first quarter of 2021.
For tablets, shipments rose 13.6%. And Apple was still the market leader with a 32.5% share. Still, Samsung benefited the most from this surge in demand in 2020 as shipments increased 44.4%.