Apple is expected to start using chips based on a 3nm manufacturing process as soon as the end of this year, with DigiTimes reporting that TSMC will begin manufacturing the chips in volume later this year.
The paywalled DigiTimes report, seen by MacRumors, suggests that the chips will be used in Apple’s MacBook Pros with production kicking into gear before the end of this year.
That also matches a report by Taiwan’s Commercial Times which believed that TSMC will have mass production ready to go by the end of 2022.
If this all comes to pass, we can expect the new 3nm chips to be used in the upcoming 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh, likely with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips being built. It’s also now expected that Apple’s A17, a chip that will power the iPhone 15 next year, will be based on the same technology according to the same Commercial Times report.
Apple’s move to a 3nm process doesn’t necessarily mean that we can expect a speed increase as a sole result of the change, but it should ensure that less power is required while also causing less heat to be generated.
Those two things in unison should allow Apple’s chips to be built to run more quickly, creating a more performant chip as a result.
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