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Apple’s next-generation M3 chip is set to enter mass production in the second half of 2023, according to a tweet by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The M3 chip will reportedly begin production slightly ahead of the M3 Pro and M3 Max chips and is expected to be used for future models of the 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, and Mac mini.
The M3 Pro and M3 Max chips, on the other hand, are believed to be destined for the next 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, which are rumored to be released in the first half of 2024. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has previously reported on these upcoming MacBook Pro models, which are expected to feature a redesign with a mini-LED display and a new MagSafe charger.
The M3 chip is expected to be manufactured using TSMC’s latest 3nm process, compared to the 5nm process used for the M2 chip. This upgrade in chip manufacturing is expected to offer significant performance and power efficiency improvements over the M2 chip.
As for the long-rumored 15-inch MacBook Air, Kuo says the laptop will be equipped with the M2 chip. In June 2022, Kuo predicted that the 15-inch model would also be available with the M2 Pro chip, but he no longer expects this.
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The key takeaway from Kuo’s latest information is that the first Macs with the M3 chip are still months away from launching. This aligns with previous rumors that the next Mac Pro desktop tower will feature the M2 Ultra chip, suggesting that Apple would finish rolling out the M2 series of chips before announcing the M3 chip.