As you probably know, the M1 Ultra chip is the latest M1 series chip and Apple will unveil the M2 series in the near future. Meanwhile, although computers based on the M2 series chips have not hit the market, Apple is preparing M3 series chipsets. Mark Gorman, a well-known Apple product analyst, wrote in his latest newsletter that Apple is preparing an iMac-based iMac chip. The example does not specify which manufacturing technology it uses. The important point, however, is that Apple intends to use a low-end chip for the new iMac model once again. In this regard, it should be noted that TSMC, which is the largest manufacturer of mobile chips and produces all of Apple's chips, has recently announced that in the second half of 2022, it will begin mass production of 3-nanometer chips. According to some reports, Apple plans to use 3-nanometer chips for its products in 2023. This means that the M3 will probably be based on 3nm manufacturing technology.
Advances in chip manufacturing technology mean improved performance and reduced energy consumption. As a result, these chips, in addition to providing better performance, consume less energy, which leads to longer battery life. According to TSMC, 3-nanometer chips have about 10 to 15 percent better performance compared to 5-nanometer models, and their energy consumption is about 25 to 30 percent lower.
Some time ago, Mr. Gorman announced that Apple was testing at least nine Macs equipped with four types of M2 chipsets. Although some sources have said in recent months that Apple will use an improved version of the M1 for the next-generation MacBook Air, the Bloomberg News reports that the laptop will ship with the M2 chipset. On the other hand, this chipset is to be used for the new generation of 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Mini. Both the M2 Pro and M2 Max are used for the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Finally, we have to mention the Mac Pro, which has always been the most powerful Mac computer and seems to come with the M2 Ultra Dual. This means that we will see tremendous hardware power in terms of processing.
Mark Gorman wrote in his report that the first M3-based iMac chip will be available to users in late 2023 at best. He also confirmed the release of the iMac Pro, but believes that we will not see the introduction of this computer in the near future. Overall, it looks like Apple has no plans to release the iMac with the M2 chipset, so fans of the computer will have to wait a long time. The fact that the bigger model of this computer is not going to be released in 2022, probably this bigger model will come with the M3 chipset. What do you think about this news? Do you think Apple will also offer M2-based iMac? Share your thoughts with us and others in the comments section.