What you need to know
- Apple is the first vendor to contract TSMC to provide chips using the 3nm process, according to reports.
- A report says Apple will use 3nm to makes its own M-series chips for Mac and iPad, as well as the A-series chips for iPhone.
A new report says Apple is the first vendor to contract TSMC to produce chips using its 3nm process.
As reported by UDN:
According to reports, trial production of TSMC's 3nm process will begin in 2021, it was reported as far back as June that work had begun on the fabrication lines. Mass production of the new 3nm chips is expected to begin in 2022. Apple is the first company to hire TSMC to create chips using the process, and sources indicate trial production is progressing well. UDN continues:
This report could indicate that Apple plans to switch its iPad over to the new Apple silicon-based M-series processors that debuted in three new Macs earlier this year. At the very least, both Apple's A-series and M-series chips look set to benefit from 3nm production from 2022.
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Wonder what benefit there will be to the consumer with them switching from the A series to the M series in the iPad?
I would expect the M series to go into the iPad Pro and the A series to remain in the Air/Regular/Mini line. It’d cut the need for the AX line and it seems like the iPad Pro could settle in with MacBook Air performance scaled to its thermal envelope.
It’d also slot in well at its current pricing, hopping back and forth with the Air/Low End Pro depending on the form factor/features you need but with the performance remaining fairly close.
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