A preview of DigiTime’s upcoming report reveals that Apple might use the 3nm process for its iPhones and Macs scheduled to release in 2022 as TSMC, the company’s supplier has plans to initiate mass production for 3nm chips destined for Apple in Q2 2022.
Back in June 2021, TSMC was reportedly increasing its production capacity for 3nm chips production. However, DigiTimes did not mention Apple as the first potential client of the technology. Today’s preview suggests that Apple might directly transition to the 3nm process after 2 years of the arrival of 5nm process based chipsets.
“TSMC is on track to move its 3nm process technology to volume production in the second half of 2022 for Apple’s devices, either iPhones or Mac computers, according to industry sources.”
Reportedly, Apple has booked TSMC’s entire production capacity for 4nm chips. They will be used in silicon Macs. However, there is no release date for 4nm based Macs yet.
Apple first introduced the A14 in an updated iPad Air and later it was used in iPhone 12 series. It is a 5nm process based chip. In comparison to other processors, 5nm is not only smaller but offers better performance energy efficiency. The upcoming iPhone series will utilize an enhanced version of the 5nm process.
DigiTimes will reveal the full report tomorrow which will offer better insight into Apple’s plan regarding the release of 3nm based chipsets.