Apple would intend to launch a new one on the market MacBook Air con chip M3 in the second half of 2023: It would be the first Mac to use an a.process chip 3 nanometers. This should bring better performance and greater energy efficiency compared to the already excellent 5nm chips designed in Cupertino.
MacBook Air with 3-nanometer M3 chip, debut in 2023
The indiscretion comes from DigiTimes, a Taiwanese newspaper which has repeatedly reported news about TSMC, the company that produces the chips designed by Apple. “The supply chain is more focused on the cheapest MacBook Air, which it should be updated in the second half of 2023 and could feature a 3nm processor,” DigiTimes says, citing industry sources.
Apple’s chipmaking partner kicked off mass production of 3nm chips in late December. The M3 chip in the upcoming MacBook Air therefore could be one of Apple’s first 3nm chips along with the chip A17 Bionicwhich we will see in models di iPhone 15 Pro later this year.
So it seems that Apple wants to rush into updating its Macs. Earlier this week, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple will also update the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with the chips M3 Pro e M3 Max da 3 nm nel 2024. A quick update, as the M2 models have just made their debut.
Some doubts about the launch date
However, not all the rumors that are circulating agree with DigiTimes. Display expert Ross Young last month he stated that we would see a 15-inch MacBook Air in the first half of 2023. It is unlikely that Apple presents Air at two different times of the year.
Furthermore, it should be considered that MacBook Air with the M2 chip arrived last July, with a completely new design with a notch on the display, MagSafe charging, a 1080p camera and more. Perhaps Apple wants to wait more than just a year to update its chips.
We therefore invite you to take this news with a grain of salt, at least as regards the time window. While instead, we can have more confidence in saying that the next M3 will have a 3 nanometer process. And in our excitement to see how much it will improve performance.