At its recent “Peek Performance” event, Apple made no mention of its future MacBook notebooks. Apple’s new and upgraded M2 range of in-house chipsets, which is rumored to comprise the M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, and an all-new M2 Extreme, will purportedly power these laptops.
According to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the M2 Extraordinary will have extreme specifications and power. The Extreme version will be a beast of a processor, sitting above the M2 Ultra. It will have a 48-core CPU and 128 GPU cores, which is more than twice as much as the M1 Ultra or even the M2 Ultra.
As a result, it’s safe to believe that the M2 Extreme will be a hybrid of two M2 Ultra processors. The new architecture and process node will also provide a boost. The A14 Bionic (used in iPhone 12) CPU and GPU cores are used in the M1 chips, therefore the M2 will either employ the A15 (iPhone 13) or the future A16 (iPhone 14 Pro) chip, depending on TSMC’s production capacities and yields.
The following is the suspected CPU and GPU core configuration for the M2.
|Chipset||CPU cores||GPU cores||Chipset||CPU cores||GPU cores|
|M1 Pro||8 (6+2)||14||–||–||–|
|M1 Pro||10 (8+2)||14/16||M2 Pro||12||16|
|M1 Max||10 (8+2)||24/32||M2 Max||12||32|
|M1 Ultra||20 (16+4)||48/64||M2 Ultra||24||48/64|
Gurman also revealed his predictions on how the M2 chips will be distributed in future Apple products:
- MacBook Pro (14-inch and 16-inch models) with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors
- M2 Pro and M2 Max on an iMac Pro
- M2 Max and M2 Ultra on a Mac Studio
- Mac Pro with M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme graphics cards
- Apple’s 7K Pro Display
- MacBook Air with M2 processor
- 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 processor
- To replace the Intel model, a Mac mini with an M2 and an M2 Pro version was released.
- M2 processor on an iMac
- Studio Display by Apple