2020 will be marked as the year that Apple surprised Intel by showing the world the capabilities of its computer processors, the Apple M1. Using 5 nm lithography, the increase in performance deserves to be praised.
However, this is an industry that does not sleep, with new Chinese sources pointing to Apple’s next big leap. If the current 5 nm lithography is the state of the art, in 2022 we have the process at 3 nm to unlock new possibilities.
Apple M1 processors were one of the best surprises of 2020
Presented during the last keynote Apple in November 2020, the M1s were met with some skepticism. However, once they started to be used in real life, the increase in performance turned the MacBook Air into a video editing machine.
Something unprecedented and that is not necessarily due to the most powerful nucleus, nor to the largest number of nuclei, nor solely to the amalgamation of these two factors. The secret lies in the binomial lithography and optimization, the 5 nm process and resource management.
Meanwhile, the Cupertino giant will already be preparing the next disruptive generation of processors, with TSMC receiving an order for the production of chips at 3 nm. The process still eludes engineers, but it is under development.
The next generation of 4 and 3 nm processors
The order of chips at 4 and 3 nm for 2022 means that in that year we should have new MacBook computers and also new iPad tablets equipped with these processors. The information was advanced by sources close to the subject to the Chinese publication.
TSMC will be the manufacturer in charge of producing the next generation of chips, with shorter distances between the CPU components and, so we believe, with another exponential jump in the number of transistors incorporated in the processors.
Note that this new rumor specifically mentions new MacBook notebook computers, as well as iPads. However, it is likely, if not certain, that the iPhone 13 – the 2022 generation – will also have the same technology.
Although it is too early to discuss real performance increases, this is a rumor that leaves us expectant.
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