Report: New Apple Silicon is dropping every 18 months

The rumor: Apple is planning to release new Apple Silicon every 18 months moving forward, according to the Taiwanese Commercial Times (not yet tracked).

  • “According to supply chain industry sources, Apple Silicon will be updated every 18 months in the future” the report says. “In the second half of 2022, Apple will first launch the M2 processor code-named Staten, and in the first half of 2023, it will launch the new M2X processor architecture”
  • Previous rumors from more credible sources suggested Apple’s M2 chip would be releasing in the first half of 2022

Our take: This sounds reasonable to me, but Taiwanese Commercial Times doesn’t have a track record of any kind that I could find. If it is true, that means we’ll essentially be getting new M-series chips of some kind at least once a year, every year for some time. I’d bet on a tick-tock schedule: M_ the first year and M_ Pro/Max the following year.