Apple's next-gen MacBook laptops: 40 CPU cores in 2023, on 3nm process

Apple is working with TSMC on next-gen 3nm-based chips will have up to 40 CPU cores, will power new MacBook Pro and Mac desktops.

@anthony256
Published Sun, Nov 7 2021 10:27 PM CST

Apple has made a very big splash into the industry by diving head-first into making its new in-house M1 Max and M1 Pro SoCs a force to be reckoned with, even against the mighty Intel -- but what comes next is going to be even bigger.

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The latest rumor has Apple's next-gen SoC packing 40 CPU cores on the next-gen 3nm process, furthermore, Apple is working with TSMC to make its next-gen on an enhanced version of the 5nm process. The new chips will reportedly feature 2 dies that will let Apple cram in many more cores, making next-gen MacBook Pro laptops and Mac desktops much, much more powerful.

The new 3nm chips can have up to 4 dies that would allow for up to 40 computing cores, compared to the current-gen M1 Max with a 10-core CPU. The current-gen Apple M1 Max features a 10-core CPU, up to a 32-core GPU, up to 64GB of RAM, packs a huge 57 billion transistors, and is made on TSMC's new 5nm process.

Apple and TSMC will reportedly have the new 3nm chips ready to go by 2023, with the next-gen processors to be used in new MacBook Pro laptops, Mac desktops, and even the iPhone. The new third-gen M1 processors are codenamed Palma, Ibiza, and Lobos.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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