Apple's new M3 Mac chips might be even more powerful than expected
The most advanced.
Apple is well invested in the 3nm chip manufacturing process, with reports that Apple has bought up all the 3nm process silicon for its iPhone 15 Pro models. It now looks as though the Mac-making giant wants to use the even newer and more advanced N3E process, Taiwan Semiconductors' latest manufacturing standard.
According to a report from the China Times via Wccftech, it looks like Apple will be one of the first customers for the new process, as it was for the 3nm chips.
M3 uses the newest process
With reports of the A17 Bionic chip going into the iPhone 15 Pro later this year, using the 3nm chip process to make a more powerful and efficient mobile chip. The N3E process is now rumored to be what will power the upcoming MacBook Pro models, with the M3 chip at the center.
What this N3E process entails is anyone's best guess, as TSMC's production line is kept under the tightest of locks and keys. Either way, it's likely to be a massive step up in terms of processing power and efficiency to a slightly smaller degree than the jump from 5nm processes to 3nm.
What Macs we can expect to have the new M3 chips is another question entirely. It's likely to be the new MacBook Pro machines, likely two new 14 and 16-inch models. There are reports that there will be another new 13-inch MacBook Pro model as well, although the aging chassis might come to an end this year.
Either way, the new chips sound like they're going to be a massive boost to performance, with space for more processing oomph at lower power draw. We'll know more when the Macs that have the upgraded chips in them are announced, which could be later this year. One machine we are reasonably certain won't have the new chip is the rumored 15-inch MacBook Air, although we can be sure to see it in the best MacBooks of the future.
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