Apple is taking the desktop world by storm by introducing Apple Silicon chips in Macs for the first time. The company is building on its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, building on its A-series chips for the iPhone and iPad and porting that architecture to notebooks and desktops.
The Information reported today that Apple is not going to slow down and plans to release even faster second and third generation chips in the coming years.
The M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are manufactured using a 5-nanometer process technology. The report says that Apple will release the second generation of Apple Silicon chips in 2022, using an improved 5-nanometer process technology. Thus, the performance and efficiency gains over the M1 generation will be relatively small.
More interestingly, The Information supplements the post with information that Apple and its foundry partner TSMC are planning to release 3-nanometer chips for Mac computers as early as 2023, with as many as 40 processor cores per chip. Three versions of the third-generation chip are reportedly codenamed "Ibiza," "Lobos" and "Palma."
It is expected that in 2023 the iPhone will also move to 3-nanometer chips, allowing Apple to maintain its leadership in silicon performance in the smartphone market.
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