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There is a lot of excitement surrounding Apple’s upcoming M3 series of chips. The new family is rumored to be significantly more powerful than the current M2 silicon. Reportedly, the M3 chips will be based on the Apple A17 Bionic architecture, which will make its debut on September 12th with the release of the iPhone 15 family. This has led to speculation that M3 chips and devices could be arriving sooner than anticipated.
It seems that Apple will not introduce new MacBook models (equipped with M3 series processors) before the end of this year.
— Ming-Chi Kuo (@mingchikuo) September 8, 2023
Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that this is unlikely to be the case. According to the source, Apple no longer plans to release M3 MacBook models “before the end of this year.” This statement leaves room for speculation as to whether Cupertino might still unveil M3-powered desktop Macs in 2023, such as the rumored iMac models. The idea is that Apple’s desktop products have lower volume compared to their laptop counterparts, and they can secure enough chips.
However, it appears that TSMC’s 3nm process, used by Apple to manufacture its M3 chips, is already facing constraints. Yields seem to be an issue, although a recent report indicates that Apple has already secured TSCM’s entire 3nm capacity until the end of this year.
All of this suggests that consumers will likely have to wait until 2024 for M3 MacBooks and possibly iPads.