Apple’s chipmaker TSMC has begun production of its upcoming chip powered by its 3nm technology known as “N3” – according to Digitimes.
According to the Taiwanese outlet, TSMC has kicked off pilot production of chips built using its N3 technology at its Fab 18 in southern Taiwan, in addition to moving the process to volume production by the fourth quarter of 2022.
These chips are expected to power Apple’s upcoming products such as upcoming Macs and iPhones. The chips are also expected to be Apple’s next silicon chip under the “M” branding like M3.
Earlier this year it was reported that Apple is developing a 3nm chip for the next iPad Pro. The current iPad Pro models feature Apple’s M1 chip that was introduced in 2020 MacBooks.
Current iPhone 13 devices are powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic SoC that features a 5nm technology node. The 2021 MacBook Pros feature M1 Pro and M1 Max that also use the same 5nm node.
Back in April, it was also reported that Apple’s rumored M2 chip is entering production, though we ended up with M1 Pro and Max chips. This could mean that the 2022 Macbook Air will feature this TSMC/Apple chip.