Apple has already finalized the second technology of Mac processors, and the third technology is predicted to be made with a brand new 3-nanometer course of, in line with a report in The Information citing individuals with direct data of the plans.
The report says that the second-generation chips will use an “upgraded model” of the 5-nanometer course of used for the M1, M1 Professional, and M1 Max present in current Apple Silicon Macs. However not like these first-generation chips, among the second-generation chips can have two dies as an alternative of 1, permitting for extra processor cores.
A second-generation chip with only one die will likely be included within the long-rumored, redesigned MacBook Air in addition to in iPads. That chip is code-named Staten. However, the MacBook Professional will characteristic extra highly effective second-generation chips code-named Rhodes. The second-generation chips have already been finalized and are able to enter trial manufacturing, in line with The Data’s sources.
However the sources additionally say we have not seen the top of the primary technology. The subsequent Mac Professional’s processor could be a part of the technology that started with the M1. Code-named Jade, will probably be based mostly on the high-end MacBook Professional’s M1 Max, however it would have two dies as an alternative of 1.
The extra highly effective third-generation processors are code-named Ibiza, Lobos, and Palma. Lobos and Palma are destined for the MacBook Professional and “Mac desktops.” A lower-performance variant code-named Ibiza would head to iPads and the MacBook Air. A future A-series chip for iPhones can also be anticipated to change to a 3nm course of round that point.
Apple’s roadmap tasks regular efficiency enhancements over time throughout all three generations, that are all in lively improvement. However the third technology is claimed to be a very momentous leap.
A lot of the report focuses on relative efficiency in comparison with Intel’s chips, as Intel management has introduced its need to attempt to win again Apple’s enterprise, both when it comes to Apple once more utilizing Intel chips in Macs or when it comes to Apple turning into a buyer of Intel’s chip fabrication enterprise to make Apple-designed chips.
The report speculates that the latter is more likely than the primary, provided that Apple’s third-generation chips are anticipated to outperform the chips Intel itself introduces at the moment.