New MacBook Air, Mac mini with M2 chip coming in 2022

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Apple is reportedly expected to launch new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and iMac Pro models powered by a mix of Apple M1 and M2 silicon on the rumoured March 8 event.

Apple will launch a new Mac mini with an M1 Pro chip, a 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 chip that will succeed the 2020 model, a Mac mini with an M2 chip, a 24-inch iMac with an M2 chip, a redesigned MacBook Air with an M2 chip, an iMac Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options, a “half-sized Mac Pro, the first with Apple Silicon, with the equivalent of either two or four M1 Max chips”.

The M2 is tipped to be “a bit speedier than the M1”, however, it is said to retain the same eight-core architecture as the M1 silicon. Furthermore, graphics are claimed to get a boost — from seven or eight cores to nine or 10. When it comes to M1 Pro chipsets, they are tipped to come in two options: one that is twice as powerful as the M1 Max with 20 CPU cores and 64 graphics cores, and the other that is four times as powerful as the M1 Max chipset with its 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores. He also predicts that the Pro and Max versions of the M2 are expected to land in 2023 alongside the first M3 chip.

The major announcements of the event are expected to be the iPhone SE 5G and a new model of iPad Air. A new Mac is also rumoured to launch at Apple’s Spring event. Expect more Mac-related announcements at WWDC, the annual developer conference in June.