Apple’s long-term silicon supplier, Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will start mass production of the next-generation M2 Pro chip built on a 3nm process in later 2022.
Apple might unveil much faster Macs powered by the TSMC’s new M2 Pro chip in the second half of 2022
According to new research by Jeff Pu, an analyst of Haitong Intl Tech Research, claims the Macs powered by the new M2 Pro Apple Silicon on 3nm process will release later this year. Since 2020, the tech giant has been holding separate October or November events to announce new Mac models.
Pu’s research is corroborated by DigiTimes reports that TSMC’s schedule for mass production of 3nm chips for Apple is on track for the second half of 2022.
Currently, Apple suppliers are facing production and supply constraints issues because of the war in Ukraine and COVID-19 lockdowns in China. It was also speculated that manufacturing hurdles in China could delay the launch of the new iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other devices. However, now it appears that supply constraints might be easing and new products would launch at their usual times.
At the WWDC 2022 Keynote, Apple unveiled its second-generation Apple Silicon for Macs, the M2 chip built on the second-generation 5-nanometer technology with 25% more transistors than the M1 chip. With 20 billion transistors, the M2 chip offers 100GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, up to 24GB of fast unified memory, a new CPU with faster performance cores paired with a larger cache, and up to 10 core GPU and more. The new technology allows the M2 chip delivers 18% faster performance than the M1 chip.
Therefore, a new chip built on a more advanced 3nm process is likely to be much faster than the currently used Apple Silicon for Macs.