- Mar 11, 2000
The Ming-Chi Kuo twitter post I linked was just talking about manufacturing for the MacBook Pros, not any specific SoC per se. Or are you talking about the older DigiTimes rumour that only mentioned M2 Pro?You might be right, but the rumor only mentioned M2 Pro. They could introduce new M2 Pro models and not do M2 Max if they were going to either do a Max (whether M2 or M3) in N3 within six months.
What Kuo was saying was that info suggests the new MacBook Pros are starting production very soon. However, according to TSMC, 3 nm isn't generating revenue until Q1 2023, so he thinks the new MacBook Pros will likely have 5 nm chips. He didn't actually mention either the M2 Pro or M2 Max by name.
BTW, I realize Kuo totally contradicts my own guess from a few posts earlier. I was guessing they were going to put N3 M2 Pro and M2 Max in the new MacBook Pros, but not until 2023.
If that's wrong and the new MacBook Pros are indeed N5, then what are the new N3 chips in Q1 2023? M3 and A17? For M3, that would mean a pretty short update interval, since M2 was just released 2 months ago. For A17, that seems a tad early too. Or it could be something completely different.
Yes, a new chip for the Mac Pro might be N3, but that would be very low volume. Speaking of the Mac Pro, I'm still wondering if it might have a different naming scheme, to reflect a different memory architecture. However, others seem to think it could be a Max x 4 / Ultra x 2 variant with the same memory architecture. If so, will the Mac Pro be limited to 256 GB RAM then? How many people will actually care if a Mac Pro can't handle 2 TB of RAM?