Mass production of the next-generation 3nm chips is reported to begin this week by Apple supplier TSMC.
TSMC will hold a ceremony at Fab 18 on Dec. 29 to mark the start of mass production. The 3nm chip is expected to power future Mac mini and MacBook Pro models. According to DigiTimes, the foundry also has plans to expand production of the 3nm chip.
The A16 Bionic chip, which the iPhone 14 currently uses, is made on the basis of the 4nm process. It is believed that the 3nm process will be used for upcoming Apple products as early as 2023. Rumors say the 3nm chips will make their debut on the updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with the M2 processor, and possibly the updated Mac mini and Mac Studio.
It is also claimed that the 3nm process will be used for the A17 and M3 chip for the iPhone 14 and Mac.