A brand-new rumor from Taiwan claims that Apple is essentially in control of TSMC’s 3nm chip supply this year. According to reports, the basic 3nm process technology will reportedly consider for 90% of TSMC’s 3nm capacity in 2023, and Apple is said to have already reserved about 90% of that capacity for usage in future iPhones, MacBooks, and iPads.
The 3nm technology used by TSMC is expected to be used to create both the A17 and the M3. Apple is obviously playing the long game here since reports of the corporation placing orders for 3nm processors go all the way back to 2020. It’s commonly believed that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will be the first smartphones to use a 3nm processor.
As compared to the 4nm A16 featured in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the 3nm A17 is expected to have a 35% better power efficiency and a 15% performance gain. the computer side, the M3 chip, which is also produced using a 3nm process, may be used for the first time in an upgraded 13-inch MacBook Air and a new 24-inch iMac.
If everything works well, Qualcomm, Samsung, and MediaTek may compete for the last 10% of TSMC’s capacity later this year, which might result in a temporary shortage of the best 3nm processors for Android phones. But that’s just conjecture; TSMC may also double its capacity; we’ll simply have to wait and see.