According to a Taiwanese industry publication, TSMC will manufacture Apple’s upcoming “M2 Pro” and “M3” chips based on its 3nm process. digittimes,
“Apple has reportedly reserved capacity from TSMC for its upcoming 3nm M3 and M2 Pro processors,” he said. digittimes, in a report focused on competition between chip makers such as TSMC and Samsung to secure orders for 3nm chips. As expected, the report states that TSMC will start production of 3nm chips in the second half of 2022.
In his latest newsletter, bloombergK Mark Gurman said he expects the M2 Pro to be used in a 14-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro and a high-end Mac Mini. As for the M3, Gurman expects the chip to be used in an updated 13-inch MacBook Air, an all-new 15-inch MacBook Air, a new iMac and possibly a new 12-inch MacBook.
In this scenario, the M2 Max will most likely be made on the basis of the 3nm process. That chip will be suitable for higher-end MacBook Pro and Mac Studio configurations if Apple decides to upgrade that computer in the next year or so.
While the M3 was widely expected to be 3nm, it’s more noteworthy that the M2 Pro could as well, given that the standard M2 chip that debuted in the new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro is still available from TSMC. Built on a foundation of 5nm. , process. Both the M1 and M1 Pro chips share the same process, so the fact that the M2 and M2 Pro are built on different processes would represent a change of course for Apple’s silicon in the Mac.
Max Tech YouTube channel host Vadim Yuryev is adamant that the M2 Pro will be 3nm. in a series of tweets during the last few weeks. In the past, Yuryev accurately revealed that the M1 Ultra chip in the Mac Studio would effectively be two M1 Max chips connected as a single chip.
If the 3nm report is accurate, the performance delta between the M2 Pro and M2 could be even higher than between the M1 Pro and M1. However, until some additional reports confirm that the M2 Pro chip is 3nm, it is worth living up to the expectations.