Apple 3nm M3: Production Updates

Apple's new 3nm M3 chips are expected/ rumored to start production in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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The News:

According to an article published by DigiTimes citing industry sources, TSMC could begin manufacturing M3 chipsets with 3nm technology for MacBooks as early as mid-April 2022. The reports on M2 chipsets have been circulated, and now one about the M3 chipsets has come out.

The M1 chipset is constructed using a 5nm process, and the M2 is anticipated to have a 4nm processor, and, in the same way, the M3 is expected to be a 3nm one. The 3nm process could be used in the M3.

The brand new M1 chipsets designed for MacBooks—the M1 Pro and the M1 Max—have been released in the year of their launch and, as per a report published by Commercial Times, the "M2" and "M2 Pro" chipsets are scheduled for release in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

The M2 chip sports the codename Staten, and the M2 Pro chipsets are codenamed Rhodes, with the M2 Pro chip having Rhodes as its codename. In light of this, if we believe this report from DigiTimes, it seems that things aren't quite right. What is the reason for Apple's attempt to release two versions of Mac chipsets within a year? It's likely that the chip in DigiTimes might be the M2 Pro chip from the Commercial Times report.

An earlier report from The Information claimed that the M3 chipsets might have 40 cores of CPU, which is theoretically a leap considering that the M1 chipset is equipped with an 8-core CPU, while the, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chipsets come with 10 cores.

According to previous reports, Apple may incorporate M3 chipsets into Macs and A17 Bionic SoCs into the iPhone 15 in 2023. In 2023, the iPhone 15 will be released. In light of these rumors and reports, we may be able to count on a 4nm chip for the Mac that is expected to launch in the coming year.

Will there be a chip shortage prevail over Apple's plans?

The problem began in the year when the COVID-19 epidemic was a major factor in the shutdown of factories, the demand for devices that work at home, and many other reasons, like the trade war between the US and China, which has caused carmakers and gadget firms to scramble to obtain the chips that they needed to create their marquee products. The shortage of chips continued into 2021, but it hasn't been resolved until now.

It was a tough year for tech companies. Apple suffered losses of about $6 billion during the quarter that ended in September, as well as $3 billion before that. Due to the shortage of chips, Xiaomi reported an increase in revenue of 1% during the month of September.

According to a report from Canalys, smartphone sales dropped by 6% year-over-year in the quarter ended March 20, 2021.

In October, as part of the Q1 results were announced, Intel Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger said that the chip shortage issue could last until 2023. This doesn't sound like a good idea in any way.

At present, there is a GPU shortage that is getting so serious that some stores have been tying computers on display at their locations to stop components from being taken. We definitely don't want this trend to persist.

The iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has also stated that Foxconn, the supplier of iPhones, also said the problem with chip shortages could continue until mid-2022. So your iPhone 13 orders might be delayed.