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With the launch of the Apple Silicon powered Macs, Apple laid down a gauntlet to its competitors. And the Cupertino-based company isn’t resting on these benchmarks. The plans for 2021’s improvements to the M1 chip along with some new hardware are impressive enough, but 2022’s big change is going to be a shock to the competition.
The M1 architecture is built around 5nm silicon fabrication. According to the latest reports, Apple has placed an order with TSMC for 3nm fabrication. The team at GSMArena has more:
“Sources familiar with the matter say that the said [3nm] chips will likely power up future iPads and MacBooks. This means that we will see 5nm or maybe 5nm+ chips for another year. TSMC is almost ready with the certification process so will likely begin trial production next year while mass production will happen in 2022.
“While the rumor talks about MacBooks’ and iPad’s M-series chips, it’s probably safe to assume that iPhones in 2022 will likely use the same tech.”
The debut of the ARM-based Apple Silicon with the M1-powered MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and mac Mini machines has given the macOS platform a huge shot in the arm in terms of raw performance. In the mid-range consumer space the two MacBooks are offering powerful alternatives with higher benchmarking results than comparable Windows 10 powered laptops.
Those already embedded in the macOS platform will welcome these improvements when the time comes to upgrade their Mac. Those looking to jump over from Windows 10 have a trickier decision to make, with investments in a new user interface, the macOS versions of their key apps, and the integration of their workflow into Apple’s cloud.
Sometimes power isn’t everything.
Many of today’s key apps are available over multiple platforms, If the one-time investment to change platforms is coupled with ongoing time savings then the switch to Apple’s new architecture will be attractive. But the three new…