TSMC has apparently began the pilot production of its cutting edge 3nm process technology. The company is expected to begin volume production for the next gen chips in the fourth quarter of next, which means that the 3nm process could power 2023 iPhone and Macs as well.
According to a DigiTimes report (Via 9To5Mac), industry sources close to the matter have anonymously revealed that the world’s largest contract chipmaker has started “pilot production” of its 3nm chip technology. Meanwhile, the actual volume production is slated for Q4 2022. In other words, we can expect products launching in 2023 from the Cupertino based giant to feature this technology as well.
This could include the 2023 iPhone along with new Mac PCs. While initial rumors had hinted that the iPhone 14 series might feature the new 3nm based A series chips, although recent reports have revealed that this might not be the case. As per our previous report, Apple might not launch the iPhone 14 series with a 3nm chip as TSMC is facing a production constraints. In other words, the 2022 iPhone might still feature a 5nm process technology for the next A series chipset.
For those unaware, all current gen Apple silicon including the A14, M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max are built on the 5nm process technology. But with its primary chip supplier faces issues in production amid a global semiconductor shortage, its likely that the 3nm Apple chips will also be delayed by a year as well.