Switching to the 3 nm process at TSMC would quickly benefit the MacBook Air. According to DigiTimes, the device would ship from the second half of 2023 a new M3 chip exploiting this new fineness of engraving.
For catch up on its (slight) technological delay on Samsung Foundry, TSMC has been planning its switch to 3 nm engraving for months. And while the group should soon be able to begin large-scale deliveries (the starting signal for its production of 3 nm chips was given at the end of December), we learn that Apple would be among the first to take advantage of it.
In addition to the expected exploitation of 3 nm by the A17 processors of the next iPhone 15 Pro, Apple would also rely on this new process to power its future M3 chip… which would be invited in a new MacBook Air from the second half of 2023.
At least that’s what the specialized media is saying. DigiTimeswhich emphasizes that the switch to 3 nm would allow (unsurprisingly) this future M3 chip to develop better performance while benefiting from increased energy efficiency compared to the M2 chip, engraved in 5 nm.
Two MacBook Air 2023 under M3 processors and with two different diagonals?
” The supply chain is more focused on the more affordable MacBook Air, which is expected to be updated in the second half of 2023 and could feature a 3nm processor “, noted DigiTimes explaining that it is based on industrial sources, but without saying more to support this forecast, and without mentioning a more precise launch window.
As specified for its part MacRumors, this information therefore deserves, for the time being, to be taken with hindsight. Not onlyDigiTimesrecently got it wrong about the output of new MacBook Pro under M2 Pro and M2 Max processorsbut this prediction goes slightly against other rumors.
Ross Young, specialist in display issues, had for example indicated that Apple would launch a new 15-inch MacBook Air in the first half of 2023 – and not in the second. However, we cannot exclude that such a model will arrive a little later this year to benefit at the same time from an M3 chip. Only the future will tell us.
The device would then be available in two diagonals of 13.6 inches and 15 inches. This would be a first for the MacBook Air, which was completely renewed in June 2022 with the passage on an all-new chassis, the addition of a 1080p webcam (in an ugly notch) and a data socket. MagSafe magnetic power supply.
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