TSMC Expected to Begin 3nm Chip Production in Late 2022 Ahead of First M3 Macs
TSMC plans to begin commercial production of chips built on its 3nm process in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes. The full report has yet to be published, so no additional details are available at this time.
Apple is expected to release its first devices with 3nm chips fabricated by TSMC in 2023, including Macs with M3 chips and iPhone 15 models with A17 chips. As usual, the move to a more advanced process will result in improved performance and power efficiency, which will enable faster speeds and longer battery life on future Macs and iPhones.
The Information‘s Wayne Ma last month reported that some M3 chips will have up to four dies, which he said could allow for up to a 40-core CPU. By comparison, the M1 chip has an 8-core CPU and the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips have 10-core CPUs.
M1 Macs already offer industry-leading performance-per-watt, while the A15 chip in iPhone 13 models is the fastest processor ever in a smartphone, so the move to a 3nm process within a few years should only bolster Apple’s lead in this area.
Future Apple Silicon Macs Will Reportedly Use 3nm Chips With Up to 40 Cores
The Information’s Wayne Ma today shared alleged details about future Apple silicon chips that will succeed the first-generation M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips, which are manufactured based on Apple chipmaking partner TSMC’s 5nm process.
The report claims that Apple and TSMC plan to manufacture second-generation Apple silicon chips using an enhanced version of TSMC’s 5nm process, and the chips…
Today Marks the One Year Anniversary of the First Apple Silicon Macs
While it may feel rather hard to believe, today marks one year since the first Macs with Apple silicon were unveiled to the world.
At a virtual event on November 10, 2020, Apple introduced its custom-designed M1 chip, followed by three new Macs powered by the chip, including the MacBook Air, the lower-end 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the lower-end Mac mini.
With the M1 chip, Apple delivered…
AnandTech’s Deep Dive Into M1 Pro and M1 Max Highlights Performance and Efficiency Improvements
We’ve heard Apple’s overview of the the M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple silicon chips and we’ve seen benchmarks of the CPU and GPUs, but AnandTech has done a technical deep dive into the capabilities of the new chips that’s well worth reading for those who are interested in learning more.
According to AnandTech, the M1 Pro is a new implementation of the M1 chip, but designed “from the ground up” to…
Apple’s Chip Partner TSMC to Begin Mass Production of 5nm Chips at New Arizona Factory in 2024
Apple chip supplier TSMC has confirmed that it will begin mass production operations at its new factory in Arizona in 2024, Nikkei Asia reports.
TSMC Chairman Mark Liu announced that the company’s $12 billion factory in Phoenix, Arizona, which is currently under construction, will begin mass production in the first quarter of 2024. While the 2024 timeframe had previously been rumored by Bloom…
Intel Alder Lake Chips for Desktops Faster Than M1 Max in Benchmarks, But Use Much More Power
Intel last week unveiled its first 12th-generation “Alder Lake” processors with the launch of six new processors aimed at desktop computers, including the high-end Core i9-12900K, a 16-core chip with eight performance cores and eight efficiency cores.
While the first 12th-generation processors are desktop class, they still make for an interesting comparison with Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max…
Intel Eager to Avoid Clashes With Apple As It Looks to Secure TSMC’s 3nm Chip Supply
Intel is looking to develop a closer relationship with TSMC, Apple’s largest and most important chip supplier, to avoid possible clashes with the Cupertino tech giant over TSMC’s 3nm chip production, according to DigiTimes.
Yesterday, we reported on TSMC beginning pilot production of its 3nm process that will eventually be used in future Apple silicon Macs. Apple currently uses a 5nm process …
MacBook Pro’s M1 Max GPU is Over 3x Faster Than M1 in First Metal Benchmark
Multiple benchmarks have already given us a general estimate of the CPU performance of the M1 Max chip, but we’ve had little insight into GPU performance. The M1 Max is equipped with up to 32 graphics cores, marking a vast improvement over the 8-core GPU of the M1, which was Apple’s first chip.
The first Metal benchmark for the M1 Max surfaced this afternoon, with the chip earning a score of …
Apple Shares 10 Helpful iPhone Tips and Tricks
Apple today shared a new video on YouTube demonstrating 10 helpful iPhone tips and tricks that some users may not have known about.
An overview of each of the 10 tips and tricks:If you accidentally enter a wrong digit in the Calculator app, you can swipe left or right at the top of the screen to erase the digit.
Starting with iOS 15, you can pin content like web links in a Messages…
iPhone SE 3 Reportedly Entering Trial Production Phase With Launch Set for Early 2022
Trial production of the third-generation iPhone SE is set to get underway in the near future as Apple’s suppliers and supply chain increase preparation for mass production of the new handset ahead of a launch reportedly set for early next year.
MyDrivers reports today that trial production, a stage in the supply chain ahead of when the device is mass produced, is set to start soon, according …
Kuo: iPhone 14 Pro to Feature 48-Megapixel Camera, Periscope Lens Coming 2023
Apple plans to add a 48-megapixel camera lens to the iPhone next year, followed by a periscope lens in 2023, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
In a research note today with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said these iPhone camera upgrades over the next two years will help to boost Taiwanese manufacturer Largan Precision’s market share, revenue, and profit.
Kuo did …
Macs With Intel Processors Still Coming Amid Transition to Apple Silicon
While Apple is rapidly transitioning its Mac lineup from Intel processors to its own Apple silicon, it’s worth highlighting as 2021 wraps up that the relationship between Apple and Intel hasn’t been entirely severed as reports indicate Apple still has one more Intel-based Mac in its pipeline that’s yet to be released.
With the Mac Pro, Apple is not expected to entirely transition its most…
New 27-Inch iMac Reportedly Moves Towards Production [Updated]
Apple’s suppliers have kicked off shipments for a new 27-inch iMac with a mini-LED display, according to a paywalled preview of a DigiTimes report. The shipments are said to be in limited quantities. No further details are available, but the report is likely referring to suppliers shipping individual components to larger manufacturers for final assembly as the new 27-inch iMac moves towards …
Apple Exec Explains Why You Should Use Apple Maps
Apple Maps Product Lead David Dorn and Design Lead Meg Frost recently did an interview with CNN to explain the Apple Maps features that were introduced with the iOS 15 update and to explain why iPhone users should choose Apple Maps over other mapping apps like Google and Waze.
According to Dorn, there are three major reasons why Apple Maps is the best choice. Apple is making serious…
Report: Redesigned 27-Inch iMac to Feature LCD Display, Not Mini-LED [Updated]
The upcoming 27-inch iMac redesign will not feature a display with mini-LED but will instead keep the LCD panel previously used, according to industry sources cited today in a report from DigiTimes.
The report said that while “speculation about the next-generation 27-inch iMac coming with a miniLED display” has been circulating for some time, the new all-in-one desktop machine will, in fact, …
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max Hole-Punch Displays to Be Supplied By LG and Samsung
Next year’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will feature hole-punched LTPO OLED display panels supplied by Samsung and LG, according to Korean site The Elec.
Rumors that the 2022 iPhone models won’t have a notch started in March of this year, when Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said they will instead adopt a hole-punch design, a design that Android devices have used for a few years now. The…