Apple started mass production of M2 chips for MacBooks shipping in the second half of 2021

Apple had reportedly begun mass production of its M2 chipsets for MacBooks that are due to ship later this year. The company will be ventually be using the system-on-a-chip for other products as well

HIGHLIGHTS:-

  • Apple has started producing M2 chipsets for MacBooks.
  • The chipsets are being built on 5-nanometer plus technology.
  • Sources say that are the M2 chipsets in being made by key Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Apple started the production of its next generation of Mac processors thus month. Anticipated to be called the M2 chipsets, A new system-on-a-chip from Apple could begin shipping as to early as July this year.

The Apple M2 chipsets will be come in succession to the M1 chips, which are now seen on Apple iPad Pro in addition to MacBooks. The line of processors is an attempt by Apple to move away from to the use of Intel chipsets on Apple products.

An that confirmation comes through a report by Nikkei Asia, which cites sources close to the matter for the development. The report mentions that the new M2 chipset is being produced by key Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

In this addition, it is state that the M2 chipset is being built using the latest semiconductor production technology, known as 5-nanometer plus or N5P. The production of these advanced chipsets takes at least three months, as per the report.

The sources hint at the possibility of the M2 chipsets appearing on MacBooks that will be shipped in the second half of this year. The development have not officially been confirmed either by Apple or TSMC.

Once out, the M2 chips will mark a bold step for Apple in having a complete in-house design for processors. It comes up with the M1 chipset in 2020 with thus endeavour and recently announced it is use on it is iPad Pro lineup this year. Prior to the launch that took place earlier this month, the chipsets powered only the MacBooks by the Cupertino tech giant.

The use of M1 chips had reflected on Apple’s sales too. The company managed to up the sales of MacBooks to a total of 6.69 million Macs in the first quarter this year, as per the data by IDC. This marked almost double the number of MacBook sales it recorded in the year prior to that.

The M-lineup of chipsets acts as that a complete system-on-a-chip that on integrates components like central processing units, graphic processing units and artificial intelligence accelerators all on one chip. The report mentions that the M2 chip will eventually be used in other Apple devices beyond the MacBook.

Hackers attack Apple and demand $50 million ransom, leak design of unreleased MacBook

One of Apple’s laptop manufacturers was recently a victim to a cyber-attack by a Russian hacking group. A subsequent data loss it’s now being used by the threat actors to extort money from Apple.

HIGHLIGHTS:-

  • hacking group has stolen confidential data depicting upcoming Apple products through one of the Apple’s vendors.
  • The group now demands a ransom of $50 million for a stolen data.
  • It threatens to release the schematics of a upcoming Apple products every day until the ransom is paid.

Russian hacking group is extorting Apple for a reported sum of $50 million, after the obtaining schematics of several of its future products. A group posted proof of the data leak on the dark web hours before Apple’s Spring loaded event earlier this week.

Named Revil, the hacking group gained the confidential data through a cyber-attack on one of the manufacturers of MacBooks or other Apple products. The target was a Taiwan-based company called Quanta, which has also confirmed the data leak in a report by Bloomberg.

The threat actors first tried to extort Quanta for the lost data. When Quanta refused the pay to get the stolen data back, a hackers decided to go after its biggest client Apple. A group revealed the intent in a message posted on the dark web portal, as spotted by The Record in a report.

It was then that Revil began posting the stolen images of Apple products. A group posted 21 screenshots depicting schematics of the newly released iMac which had not been made public prior to the launch. A post this came as a testament to the legitimacy of the stolen data.

Other than the iMac, the images posted to date also include manufacturing diagrams for M1 MacBook Air launched last year as well as an unreleased laptop by Apple. A screenshots also display warnings on the pages: “This is the property of Apple & it must be returned,” meaning the schematics indeed belong to Apple.

The hacking group have threatened to publish new data every day a until they are paid the $50 million ransom by either Apple or Quanta. They group is attempting to get the ransom by May 1.

just Apple:-

Other than Apple, Quanta Computer havs a long clientele thay includes some of a biggest name in the laptop industry. These include the likes of HP, Dell, Microsoft, Toshiba, LG, Lenovo, & others.

In its post on the dark web, Revil have hinted at having possession of data from other companies as well. “Our team is negotiating the sale of large quantities of confidential drawings or gigabytes of personal data with several major brands,” the REvil operators wrote.

The exact extent of the cyber-attack and the subsequent data leak is yet unknown.