While WWDC occupied the beginning of this month of June, Apple took the opportunity to launch its M2 chip, the first evolution of its own processor released at the end of 2020 on MacBook Air, Pro and the Mac mini. Available in more or less powerful versions, the M1 chip had had its day, so it was time for M2.
More powerful, the new chip from Apple has logically found a place of choice in the 13-inch MacBook Air and Macbook Pro, two products that had not been updated since the arrival of M1 two years ago. year. But while the public is barely discovering the new features, and the power gap between M1 and M2, for its part, Apple is already thinking about what’s next.
According to the latest rumors, the Cupertino teams have already gone back to work to build Apple’s next chip: M3. From the first information we have about it, this processor should grant a little more power, but the big point that could make the difference will be its energy consumption.
M2 was already very close to the feat
If the first tests are unanimously impressed by the gain in autonomy of M2, everyone turns to the hypothetical M3 chip with the same question on their lips: would it be possible to have an M3 chip so economical that Would it last all day on a single charge?
Today Apple announces a battery life of 20 hours in video playback and up to 17 hours of web browsing. Those numbers, which represent the M2 chip in the all-new 13-inch MacBook pro, are already very impressive and well above many of Apple’s competitors, but there’s always room for improvement.
As Techradar’s Daryl Baxter hopes (source article), Apple is not far from producing a computer with autonomy exceeding the full day of use. Never in the history of Apple have the brand’s portable products managed to find the right balance between performance and autonomy. This could be the case, 45 years after the marketing of the first models.
Apple: the appointment is made for the M3 chip
With the latest MacBook Pro M2, the Cupertino company was already very close to reaching the full day of autonomy for its computer, but it still lacked a few hours to be able to market a MacBook capable of operating 24 hours on 24.
In all likelihood the M3 chip should bring the technological surplus necessary to achieve such energy consumption. In just 3 or 4 years (it all depends on the release date of the chip), Apple will therefore have succeeded in its bet, taken more than a decade ago. Develop its own chip, its own hardware system to optimize the operation of its software and thus offer ever more powerful and ever less energy-consuming products.
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