Apple’s subsequent-technology M3 chip will enter mass manufacturing in the second half of 2023, based on information shared right now by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a tweet, Kuo mentioned M3 chip manufacturing will start “barely forward” of the M3 Professional and M3 Max. Apple ought to use the M3 chip for future fashions of the 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Professional, 24-inch iMac, and Mac mini, whereas the upper-finish M3 Professional and M3 Max chips are destined for the following 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions, which Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman expects to be launched in the first half of 2024.

The M3 chip is predicted to be manufactured based mostly on Apple chipmaking associate TSMC’s newest 3nm course of, in comparison with 5nm for the M2 chip. As a 3nm chip, the M3 ought to supply vital efficiency and energy effectivity enhancements.

As for the lengthy-rumored 15-inch MacBook Air, Kuo mentioned the laptop computer will be equipped with the M2 chip. Again in June 2022, Kuo predicted that the 15-inch mannequin would even be obtainable with the M2 Professional chip, however he not expects this.

The important thing takeaway from Kuo’s newest info is that the primary Macs with the M3 chip are seemingly nonetheless months away from launching. This is smart provided that the following Mac Professional desktop tower is rumored to feature the M2 Ultra chip, and it’s seemingly that Apple would end its rollout of the M2 sequence of chips earlier than saying the M3 chip.

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