Apple unveiled the iPhone 15 series on September 12. As of now, there has been no update about a MacBook event. However, according to the Shipment Forecast, Apple may launch M3-powered MacBooks. The tech giant is expected to unveil these M3-powered MacBooks later this year.
DigiTimes suggests that Apple might release its first MacBook based on TSMC’s 3nm fabrication process in 2024, not this year. Over the past few months, reporters have emphasized repeatedly that Apple’s M3-powered MacBooks are set to launch later this year.
According to Apple Police research, here is a quick recap of the much-rumored chip. It will be manufactured using TSMC’s 3nm process and will offer more CPU and GPU cores. The M3 Pro chip is anticipated to feature 12 CPU and 18 GPU cores with up to 36GB of unified memory. In contrast, the non-pro variant will provide enhanced single and multi-core performance with a total of 12 CPU cores (6 performance and 6 efficiency cores).
Considering the two-year decline in the notebook market, the report predicts a 4.7% shipment growth in 2024 due to the introduction of new products. This includes new MacBooks powered by 3nm-based chips. From the report:
In 2023, the share of notebooks built using Arm-based processors will likely decrease rather than increase because Apple, which adopts in-house designed Arm-based CPUs for most of its notebook lineups, is expected to experience a significant decline in shipments in 2023 as the US brand vendor plans to transit to CPUs built by a 3nm node at TSMC for performance upgrading in 2024.
In July, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple might announce its first Macs with the M3 chip in the middle of October. Apple released new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in January. More recently, the company launched a new 15-inch MacBook Air, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro models in June.
In September, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple would not launch a new MacBook though. The current model featuring the M1 chip has been on sale for over two and a half years.
DigiTimes recently suggested that Apple would announce a MacBook Pro before the holidays. The Taiwan-based outlet claimed earlier this month that Apple is gearing up to release new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models equipped with more power-efficient mini-LED displays before the end of the year.
However, the notable point is that the report didn’t mention which processor the model would be based on. Yet, Gurman has previously stated that the next version of these machines will feature M3 Pro and M3 Max chips, and they will “probably” launch by the middle of 2024 at the latest.
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