Apple has started basic design work for the M3, will launch no earlier than the second half of 2023 on TSMC’s enhanced N3E process

Apple’s M3 will be seen as a direct successor to the M2, with a new report claiming the basic design of the new SoC has kicked off, and the optimistic launch timeline is as early as the second half of 2023.

Details of the Apple M3 codename are also provided, along with potential products it could power in the future.

New information published on the Commercial Times of Taiwan indicates that the M3 will be codenamed Malma, with the impression that the next-generation silicon will be mass-produced on TSMC’s N3E architecture. N3E is said to be an improved variant of the N3 process, also known as 3nm. While N3 is claimed to provide up to 15% performance and up to 30% power reduction improvement over N5, N3E could further increase these differences.

The report indicates that M3 could be launched in the first half of 2023 or in the first quarter of 2024. We believe that 2023 seems to be too optimistic for a launch schedule, so we will stick to 2024 for now. We could see the first batch of 3nm chips from Apple next year as mass production begins, and it’s likely the company will use the same technology to make the A17 Bionic, which would be used exclusively in iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The M3 could be used in products like the MacBook Air, and it’s possible that Apple could increase the display size of this model, which would improve thermals thanks to a larger cooling solution. Other potential products include the updated iPad Pro series, as well as the refreshed iMac and possibly an iPad Air in the future. We don’t know the core count of the M3 at this time, but looking at the M2 and M1, we’re guessing that Apple will once again be using four performance cores and four low-power cores.

Given the complexity of mass-producing chips at 3nm lithography, it’s possible that TSMC will run into problems in the future. These issues may force Apple to push back the M3 launch schedule, but we’ll continue to update our readers with the latest information, so stay tuned.

News source: Business hours

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Maria D. Ervin