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At WWDC 2023, a 13-inch MacBook Air might not be introduced alongside Apple’s new M3 CPU. It hasn’t gone into mass production yet, but it should happen by Q3 2023.
Many high-profile product debuts are expected to take place at Apple’s upcoming WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), with Apple’s first-ever mixed-reality headset serving as the conference’s centerpiece. There will reportedly be a brand-new MacBook Air that uses Apple’s flashy new M3 chip. But according to a news story from a Taiwanese media outlet, the Apple M2 will continue to be used.
One of the first circuits to be produced using TSMC’s new N3B node is reportedly the Apple M3. The M3 isn’t expected to start production until Q3 2023, despite TSMC’s assertion that N3B mass production is proceeding as planned (despite several delays). The A17 Bionic, which will power the forthcoming iPhone 15 series, is likely to take up the present capacity.
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Additionally, Apple will probably hold off on unveiling the M3 for a little while longer. If the M2 is any indication, the current pattern is for future chip launches to occur every two years. As a result, M3-powered laptops should start appearing on store shelves around 2023. Later, iPads may do the same, along with some intriguing new MacBook models like an OLED MacBook Air and touch-enabled MacBook Pros.
According to a prior report, low demand forced Apple to reduce manufacturing by as much as 50%. That, together with the exorbitant cost of N3B wafers, is sufficient to discourage Cupertino from introducing new CPUs too soon. Even worse, because of FinFET restrictions, N3B isn’t operating as planned, pushing businesses to choose the somewhat less effective N3E node in its place.