What’s in a name? In the case of silicon developed by Apple, not much: from the A-series chips designed for the iPhone to the M1 and the new M2 chips, Apple’s only revision for each new name is an update of the number.
So when Mark German of Bloomberg says he’s expecting Apple’s mixed-reality headphones will use the M2 chip– which is in line with what Wayne Ma of The Information announced last month – and that Apple is already working on a successor to the M3, you may be wondering what this will actually mean for the Apple headset experience. In general, if we assume that Apple will release the headset early next year, it means that the headset will use one of the best chips that Apple has at its launch. What the M2 means for performance and battery life, however, requires a little more analysis and some details that we won’t know until after launch.