News Tech: The 3nm MacBook might take longer to arrive than we had anticipated. According to a recent forecast from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are imminent, but they’re not likely to use the 3nm process. Kuo tweeted this morning that updates to the superb professional MacBooks “will begin mass production” in Q4 of 2022.
Previous reports have indicated that Apple had plans to launch MacBooks powered by the new M2 Pro (not to be confused with the M2 MacBook Pro, the recent 13-inch MacBook Pro that’s powered by the regular M2 chip) and M2 Max chips this fall. Others have suggested that the M2 Pro chip will adopt the 3nm node (which Kuo’s leak would appear to contradict).
Kuo’s intel indicates that they “may still adopt the 5nm advanced node,” which is the same process node that the recent M2 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models use. That would, if true, mean that Apple’s first 3nm MacBook chips, also rumored to be entering production later this year, will not debut in these machines.
While the current leak landscape is confusing, all will (we hope) be cleared up at Apple’s October launch event. We expect a few new iPads, including an M2 iPad Pro and 10th-generation iPad, to debut at this event, as well as multiple Mac computers (including a possible M2 Mac Mini).
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