This year, Apple announced its plan to switch from Intel chips to use its own silicon in the Mac. The MacBook Air, the base 13 ”MacBookPro and the Mac Mini are the first three consumer Macs to run Apple’s first chip for the Mac – the M1. However, it seems that Apple is already preparing for 3nm chips for its future products.
GSMArena reports that Apple has begun outlining a plan for the next generation of 3nm chips with its chipmaking partner TSMC. According to the report, Apple has already “secured” most of the orders for 3nm chips scheduled for production in 2022.
Generational leap towards efficiency
The 3nm chips will be used in upcoming iPads and Macs, GSMArena adds. Right now, the Mac and iPad are closest to them – there are so many similar ones. Earlier this year, Apple updated the iPad Pro with a modified A12Z chip. A few months after that, the company released the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) Mac Mini running the same A12Z chip.
Apple will most likely continue to use 5nm or 5nm + chips for its 2021 products. As the GSMArene report states that Apple’s 3nm chips will not hit the market until 2022. The fact that Mac, iPad and iPhone all use the same ARM architecture, all product lines could use the same 3nm chips with tuned performance levels.
The M1 chip in the new Mac is made with a 5 nm process – the first of its kind in the world of personal computers. The process of lithography of the lower nanometer (nm) is equal to the existence of several transistors in the same space. Apple said it would take two years for the Mac to move from Intel to its native Apple Silicon. Until then, 3nm chips could also be ready.