Apple may release an iPad with a 3nm processor next year, according to industry publication Nikkei Asia. The advanced chips will be produced by Apple’s longtime manufacturing partner, the Taiwanese giant TSMC.
It is reported that the new chips will be about 10-15% faster and 25-30% more energy efficient than current solutions based on the 5nm process technology. At the same time, initially advanced processors should appear in the iPad. Sources believe that the next generation of the iPhone will use “intermediate” solutions based on the 4-nm process technology.
If the information shared by the Nikkei Asia edition turns out to be true, then this will be the second time that Apple will begin the process of introducing new processors with the iPad. Recall that the first 6-core Apple A14 chip appeared not in the iPhone, but in the iPad Air 4.
Sources believe that new advanced processors will appear in the iPad Pro. They came to this conclusion based on the timing of the start of commercial production of 3-nm chips. TSMC will reportedly be ready to release these components in the second half of next year. Typically, Apple updates its iPad Pros every 12-18 months. If you follow this “schedule”, then in the second half of 2022 the company may well show an updated top-end tablet.
At the moment it is difficult to say which particular processor will be used in the iPad Pro. There is a chance that Apple will continue to equip its top tablets with chips from the M line. However, in this case, in addition to the iPad Pro, new ARM chips will also appear in the MacBook and iMac, which the company will release next year.
Source: Nikkei Asia