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The iPhone 14 and 2022 Macs may both come packed with 3nm processors

Iphone 13 Render Camera Closup
Iphone 13 Render Camera Closup (Image credit: Concept Creator)

What you need to know

  • The iPhone 14 and 2022 Macs may feature a 3nm chipset.
  • A new report from DigiTimes says the chip could come to the devices as soon as 2022.

Apple has been using 5nm chip technology for its current products, but the company does not appear to be satisfied with that.

As reported by Digitimes:

TSMC is on track to move its 3nm process technology to volume production in the second half of 2022 for Apple's devices, either iPhones or Mac computers, according to industry sources.

Today's report does fly in the face of an earlier report from Nikkei in July. That report said that, while the next generation of iPads will feature the 3nm chip, the 2022 iPhone is expected to come packed with a 4nm chip.

Apple's iPad will likely be the first devices powered by processors made using 3-nm technology, sources said. The next generation of iPhones, which are to roll out next year, are expected to make use of the intermediate 4-nm tech for scheduling reasons.

Macbook Air M1

Macbook Air M1 (Image credit: Daniel Bader / iMore)

The 2022 iPad Pro is expected to be the first to take advantage of 3nm processor technology, which is expected to boost performance while also benefiting power consumption.

According to TSMC, 3-nm technology can increase computing performance by 10% to 15% compared with 5-nm, while reducing power consumption by 25% to 30%.

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 13 lineup this fall. The company is also heavily rumored to release a redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro by the end of the year.

If you're not planning to wait til 2022 for a new iPhone or Mac, check out our list of the Best iPhone in 2021 or Best Mac in 2021.

Joe Wituschek
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.