According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch models will enter mass production in the fourth quarter of 2022 (4Q22). He says it’s possible that these MacBook models may come with a “5nm advanced node”. This means that these new laptops will have the same M2 chip under the hood of the MacBook Pro (2022) and MacBook Air (2022). Reports suggest that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may begin production of its new 3nm chips for Apple by the end of this year.
according to a Tweet By Kuo, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with the new processor will enter mass production in 4Q22. This is around the same time that TSMC is reported to have started production of its new 3nm M2 Pro chipset for Apple. Citing TSMC guidance that says 3nm chips will contribute to the chipmaker’s revenue in the first half of 2023, Kuo suggests that the chipsets for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models could be manufactured by 5nm manufacturing. process..
This means that we will have to wait a little longer for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops with the powerful M2 Pro chipset. TSMC’s move from a 5nm manufacturing process to a 3nm process is expected to result in better performance and energy efficiency of the chipset. Furthermore, Apple may also become the first company to use the new 3nm process for its M2 Pro chipset.
Last month, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claimed that MacBook Pro laptops with M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets as well as 14-inch and 16-inch displays would launch sometime between the fall of 2022 and the spring of 2023. Supply chain challenges were highlighted at the time, Gurman said that “it’s hard to predict when these will hit store shelves.” Initial information about the launch of these laptops was given earlier this year when Gurman claimed that Apple was working on a total of nine desktops and laptops with different variants of the M2 processor, including the M2 Pro and M2 Max.
The overall design and features of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops are “likely to remain nearly identical” as Apple has already revamped the model with more ports, a better display, and an improved webcam. Gurman had claimed that the new models with the M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets will focus on graphics.
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