According to a report from Taiwan’s Commercial Times this week, TSMC will begin production of 3nm processors for Apple at the end of 2022 . Another report also claims that TSMC will start mass production of 3nm processors in September.
Citing folks in the industry, the report claims that the M2 Pro processor may be the first to use TSMC’s advanced 3nm process. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has previously claimed that Apple plans to use the M2 Pro processor in the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, as well as a high-end Mac mini that could be announced in the first half of this year or next year .
According to the Commercial Times, Apple’s A17 Bionic processor for next year’s iPhone 15 Pro models , and the M3 processor for future MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models will be built based on TSMC’s 3nm process.
M2 Pro Will Be The First Processor Made With 3nm
DigiTimes also previously reported that TSMC will begin mass production of 3nm processors for Apple in the second half of 2022, including the M2 Pro processor.
Apple products switching from TSMC’s 5nm process to the 3nm process will result in faster performance and improved power efficiency for future Macs and iPhones, which can naturally contribute to longer battery life . Apple is nearing the end of its two-year transition from Intel processors in the Mac. For now, only the high-end Mac mini and Mac Pro haven’t made their way to Apple’s processors yet.