Even with the current shortage of chips, manufacturers must continue to do their job, and it seems that Apple and TSMC are already working on the Apple M3. There is still a lot of work ahead, yes, this does not mean that we will experience the debut of this SoC next year. However, it could give us a sign that in 2023 we will be able to see the first Macs that, by integrating the Apple M3, would be the first to make the leap to three nanometers.
And, as we can read in MacRumors, some industry sources affirm that TSMC will be in a position to start production on the three-nanometer platform. the fourth quarter of next year and, consequently, to start deliveries of the first chips with this scale during the first quarter of 2023. This would be the culmination of a process that began in 2017, five years of work that, as we explained to you at the time, is terribly complex and, therefore, requires a lot of time and a large amount of resources.
And why will the Apple M3 be the first SoC to come out of said production plant? Well, because, as we already told you almost a year ago, Apple reserved all of TSMC’s production on its three-nanometer platform. The deep relationship that unites both companies is more than known, even to the point of making other companies uncomfortable, who see the clear priority that the company has for Apple. The premiere of the Apple M3 would only be one more step in a relationship in which Apple is by far the main customer.
Thus, according to these sources, Apple and TSMC would already be working on the first prototypes of the Apple M3, a period that at least a priori seems more than sufficient to polish all the problems that may arise during the coming months, so that production can begin by October next year. Does that mean we’ll see him debut before the end of the year? At the moment it does not seem likely, because according to those same sources, the delivery of these chips will not begin until the first quarter of 2023.
This, of course, raises another question.We’ll see the hypothetical yet predictable Apple M2 debut early next year, or the plans of those from Cupertino go through presenting some evolution of the Apple M1 and not taking a generation jump until the arrival of the Apple M3 in 2023? I bet, of course, on the first possibility, but on the other hand, we are talking about Apple, so any option is possible, and on many occasions the least predictable wins.