for the first time, MacBooks would give priority to iPhones

Double good news for the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips: not only will the debut of their mass production take place next month, but they will also benefit from TSMC’s brand new 3 nm engraving finesse.

Apple MacBook Pro 14, for illustration // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

the Commercial Times gives us news of the next chips from Apple. We learn that the future M2 Pro and M2 Max processors, expected on the next MacBook Pro, will be engraved using TSMC’s new 3 nm process, which is a finer process than that of the iPhone 14. first chips, all brands combined, to take advantage of this node. A protocol that TSMC was supposed to start using on a large scale only from the end of 2022.

By dint of large contracts, Apple would therefore have succeeded in obtaining from the Taiwanese giant priority access to its new fine engraving. And for good reason, the mass production in 3 nm of the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips would begin next month, according to information relayed by WCCFTech.

3 nm for future MacBook Pros… but not for the next iPhones

Without knowing the precise specifications of the M2 Pro processor, 12 CPU cores and 38 GPU cores would be installed on board the M2 Max chip (compared to 10 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores on the current M1 Max chip). This would, however, be the most high-end configuration of the chip, reserved for users willing to pay full price. It will normally be found on the more expensive MacBook Pro 14 and 16. On the RAM side, these new chips would be “satisfied” on the other hand once again with a maximum of 64 GB of RAM, but would support the LPDDR5 standard well. As a reminder, this is already the case with the M2 chip of the latest MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air.

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The Apple logo on the back of a MacBook Air // Source: Frandroid

As we had been sensing for months, the A16 Bionic chips of the iPhone 14 Pro would remain engraved in only 4 nm, for several reasons. First, Apple probably placed an order with TSMC for its A16 chips long before the foundry announced its 3 nm engraving. We also imagine that production in 3 nm for the A16 chips would have led to performance problems that were detrimental to the delivery of iPhone 14 Pro in large volumes from the start of the school year.

3 nm engraving will not reach its full production potential until the end of 2022, or even the beginning of 2023. A much more suitable niche for the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, since the next MacBooks Pro 14 and 16 are rather expected in 2023. On the other hand, and except oddity in the planning of Apple and TSMC, the A17 Bionic SoCs of the iPhone 15 Pro should indeed go to the node 3nm. Note that this year as next year, the “non-Pro” iPhone would be limited to older generation chips.


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