Following the formal unveiling of Apple’s M2 SoC at WWDC 2022, the M2 Pro and M2 Max, more powerful chipsets with a larger CPU and GPU core count, are expected later. These two Apple Silicon models will supersede the M1 Pro and M1 Max, and TSMC is expected to begin mass production using its current 3nm technology later this year, according to one report.
TSMC will begin mass production on Apple’s M2 Pro and M2 Max later this year, according to analyst Jeff Pu. Jumping from 4nm to 3nm will likely be an astronomical challenge for TSMC. Even if the mass manufacturing schedule is not disrupted, this does not guarantee that consumers will see new products utilizing Apple’s next-generation silicon anytime soon.
The revised versions of the revamped MacBook Pro family could be the first products powered by the M2 Pro and M2 Max in 2023. The M1 Pro and M1 Max are the processors that power the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, with the M2 Pro and M2 Max slated to deliver more CPU and GPU cores. According to a prior source, the M2 Max could have a 12-core GPU and 38-core GPU, whereas the M1 Max currently has a 10-core CPU and 32-core setup.
The fact that TSMC’s 3nm technology might be used to mass build the Apple A16 Bionic found in the next iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max may pique the interest of potential customers
Unfortunately, this does not look to be the case, as TSMC is expected to begin commercial production of 3nm chips in Q4 of 2022, while the A16 Bionic is expected to be ready in big quantities by July.
At the very least, we’re relieved to learn that this cutting-edge technology might be used to mass-produce the unidentified SoC featured in Apple’s highly touted AR headset, providing it with greater performance, battery efficiency, and thermals, similar to the M2 Pro and M2 Max.