Apple’s future M3 chip for Mac and the A17 chip for iPhone 15 Pro models will be produced based on TSMC’s advanced 3nm process known as N3E next year, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia. The devices are expected to launch in the course of 2023.


According to the report, N3E will offer improved performance and energy efficiency over TSMC’s first generation 3nm process known as N3.

Meanwhile, the report says Apple plans to use TSMC’s first-generation 3nm process for some of its upcoming iPad chips. It’s unclear which iPad models the report is referring to, as rumors suggest Apple will update the iPad Pro next month with the M2 chip, manufactured on the basis of TSMC’s second-generation 5nm process. A new entry-level iPad with an older A14 chip is also expected later this year.

The report says 2023 could mark the second consecutive year that only Pro models in the new iPhone range are equipped with the latest Apple chip. Last week, Apple unveiled the iPhone 14 Pro models with an A16 chip based on TSMC’s 4nm process, while the standard models of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are equipped with the previous generation A15 chip.

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