The M2 chip, now used in the new MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air, will soon be replaced with an M3 chip. The M2 chip, introduced in June, will be finished in the following months by the M2 Pro/M2 Max chips, followed by a potential M2 Ultra processor.
It seems that Apple would then transition to an entirely new processor, the M3, whose main designs would have already been introduced internally. The Apple M3 processor presently answers to the code name “Palma,” according to information from the Commercial Times that was passed along by WCCFTech.
It would use TSMC’s N3E etching process, a more advanced version of the N3 protocol (3 nm), which the Taiwanese foundry plans to use extensively by the end of the year. According to the Commercial Times, the M3 chip will reportedly hit the market at the earliest during the second half of 2023 or the first quarter of 2024.
We believe that a launch at the start of 2024 would better fit Apple’s and TSMC’s respective timetables. This would give the two businesses enough time to introduce the 3 nanometers (N3)-capable M2 Pro / M2 Max and A17 Bionic processors, which are both anticipated for the next MacBook Pro 14 and 16 models.
We’ve become used to the apple company deploying their Apple Silicon ARM processors on as many goods as possible, not only Macs. With the upcoming M3 chip, it seems sensible that it would be the same. Thus, if certain speculations are to be believed, we may assume that it will be included in a future MacBook Air model with a screen that is even bigger than the one from 2022. However, it would also be on new iMacs, iPad Airs, and maybe iPad Pros.
Apple might repurpose its design, focusing on four cores with excellent performance and four seats with good efficiency, but it wouldn’t be strange if it aimed higher in 2024.