Bloomberg reports that Apple has been testing the advanced M3 Max chip which will be used in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models coming out in 2024. It is claimed that the next-generation M3 Max chip will feature a 16-Core CPU and 40-Core GPU and will be more powerful than the current M2 Max chip.
M2 Max is the third variant in the M2 SoC series which debuted in 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in early 2023, along with the M2 Pro chip. Built on a 5nm process, it features a 12-core CPU with 8 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, up to 38-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, and 400GB/s memory bandwidth that delivers up to 20% faster CPU and GPU performances and longer battery life than the M1 Max chip.
Built on a 3nm process, the new M3 Max chip to feature more CPU and GPU cores than M2 Max
According to the report, evidence of the M3 Max chip was discovered in test logs by a third-party developer. The next-generation Apple Silicon appears to feature a 16-core CPU with 12 high-performance cores and four efficiency cores and a 40-core GPU and it is being tested in an unreleased high-end MacBook Pro model, codenamed “J514”.
Recently, The Information reported that Apple has signed a “sweetheart deal” with its long-term supplier, Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to exclusively produce 3nm chips for its products in the first year, along with bearing the defect cost of manufacturing the A17 Bionic chip for iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max.
It is also expected that 3nm tech will be used in M3 series chips; M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, and M3 Ultra.
Previously, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the next-generation MacBook Pro models coming out in 2024 will feature M3 Pro and M3 Max chips built on TSMC’s advanced 3-nanometer process.
Therefore, the next-generation MacBook Pro (14-inch and 16-inch) will be even more powerful and efficient machines than the current MacBook Pro models because of advanced M3 Pro and M3 Max chips built on a 3nm process.