Last month, Apple released its redesigned MacBook Air which packs in the next generation of Apple Silicon. That leaves the higher-end Macs to get updated with those M2-class processors. This includes the 14-inch & 16-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Studio. The only Intel-based Macs left in the lineup are the higher-end Mac mini and Mac Pro.
We might be seeing some of those models a bit soon. According to a recent report from Taiwan’s Commercial times, 3nm chips for Apple will enter mass production by the end of this year. The so-called M2 Pro chip might be the first of its class to feature this advanced process. A previous report from Mark Gurman indicated that the next 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as a high-end Mac mini, will feature this next-generation architecture. We can expect Apple to announce those models this October though we could see a Spring 2022 release if Apple goes with an 18-month update cycle that’s similar to that of the iPad.
Other chips that will utilize this advanced 3nm process are the upcoming A17 chip for next year’s iPhone 15 Pro models and the M3 chip for Apple’s low-end Macs such as the MacBook Air. Apple has always been ambitious with its silicon technologies over the past few years, especially when it comes to improving its nanometer process.
The benefits of going from a 5nm process to a 3nm process include higher performance per watt, i.e. faster performance with lower power consumption, yielding longer battery life.
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