We have just entered the pure and simple summer. And that means two months of betas of the new systems presented during WWDC, a lot of heat and perhaps the unusual arrival of new laptops in the middle of August.
But while we endure the high temperatures and look forward to the month of September and the new iPhones, Apple and its vendors are busy with the next generation of their Mac chips with a key factor to beat your rivals: the size of the transistors.
5, 4 and 3 nanometers, the numbers that we will hear the most from now until 2023
Both the A14 chip in the iPhone 12 and the M1 in the new Macs use 5nm transistors. This figure should not be underestimated, because achieving it has required a huge engineering effort that already allows us measure the most basic components of a processor using atomic scales.
And still, 5nm is going to seem like a lot to us in a couple of years. A new DigiTimes report mirrored by MacRumors this week suggests the agenda that Apple would have planned for its next generations of chips, and the data is not wasted.
We would start this fall with the ‘A15’ chip of the iPhone 13, which would continue to use 5nm transistors but manufactured with an improved technology that would provide more efficiency. Maybe some other chip for Mac that may appear before the end of the year will also benefit from this technology.
Over the next few months, the provider TSMC would also start produce the chips with 4nm transistors, which would add more power in less space. We would see them within the devices that could come out next year.
And while those products are featured at future Apple events, at the same time TSMC would begin to manufacture the chips with 3nm transistors. It would be during the second half of 2022 and it would achieve a 15% increase in performance while consuming 30% less energy.
This generation of chips would be the one that would give the final door to the Intel chips, finalizing the transition and demonstrating its potential in a Mac Pro that should leave us speechless. Less nanometers, more surprises.
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