Featuring TSMC’s advanced 3nm architecture, the M2 Pro and M2 Max will go into mass production starting next month. While it’s clear that Apple will be using these powerful SoCs in its upcoming Macs, their mass production starting next week doesn’t mean there will be new products anytime soon. If you’re one of those eagerly awaiting the iPhone 14 series, keep in mind that the A16 Bionic will not be used in the next-generation 3nm process.
Commercial Times recently published a report stating that the M2 Pro and M2 Max will most likely be the first to use TSMC’s advanced 3nm process. It was previously reported that both Apple silicones will go into mass production this year. It remains unclear exactly in which month the operations would start. Unfortunately, the A16 Bionic will not be made on this architecture.
It’s quite likely that Apple has already given orders to have the A16 Bionic made to TSMC on its 4nm architecture and this must have been done long before TSMC even announced the 3nm process. Even if Apple had wanted to make a deal with TSMC for the 3nm process, it would have caused shipping issues at such short notice, leading to delays for the iPhone 14 models.
Apple now needs a steady supply after asking suppliers to prepare components for approximately 95 million iPhone 14 units. Also, the new Macs that will be based on the M2 Pro and M2 Max will not hit the market until next year. While we are very excited about the launch and availability of new products, we sometimes forget the long list of factors that affect availability.