Apple’s M2 chip made its debut in June 2022 with the 13-inch M2 MacBook Air and 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro. And now, rumors about its successor—the M3 chip—have surfaced online. As per Mark Gurman, a well-known Apple analyst and tipster, Apple will launch Macbook Air 13 and a 15-inch version with the new M3 chip.
Apple M3 Chip Rumors:
MacBook Air 13 and 15-inch with M3
“Apple is moving from 5-nanometer chip process technology to a 3-nanometer design in the Mac,” according to Mark Gurman. There are no other details about this processor so far, except that the Apple M3 chip will be manufactured under a 3nm fabrication process.
To compare, the last-gen M2 was based on a 5nm architecture. There is also speculation that M3 will spin off into two more versions: M3 Pro and M3 Max.
As per Gurman, the new chip will power the upcoming Macbook Air’s 13-inch and 15-inch models. This will also be the first time Apple is preparing a 15-inch Macbook Air, by the way. Another reliable source for Apple news, 9to5mac has also pointed out that a 13-inch MacBook Pro codenamed J504, is also in the cards with the M3 SoC.
New iMac with M3
Moving on, it looks like Apple is ready to update iMac with the next-gen chip as well. Alongside the new chip, the M3 iMac is also hinted to have new internal designs and components.
M1 iMac (2021)
In other Apple news, the Mac Pro is likely to feature the M2 Ultra chip instead, with 24 CPU cores, 76 GPU cores, and up to 192GB RAM. Gurman has also predicted an upcoming iPad Pro with an Apple M3 chip and OLED display, which should launch in the first half of 2024 as per his reports.
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Apple M3 Chip Launch Date
Apple is reportedly unveiling the power of the M3 chip at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. We’ll continue updating this article with more info when they become available.
- Meanwhile, watch our review of the M2 MacBook Air (2022)