A report by DigiTimes states that Apple is planning to release a new MacBook Air with an M3 chip in the second half of 2023.
The new M3 chip is a 3nm processor made by TSMC that offers faster performance and improved power efficiency compared to the current 5nm chips. Several other industry experts suggested their release to be later this year but without a specific timeframe.
New MacBook Air With M3 Chip
This year of 2023 is going to be a bang for Apple fans, as the Cupertino-based company is working on multiple projects simultaneously. Some of the exciting ones include its most anticipated MR Headset, a smart home display hosted on renewed HomePod, etc.
Well, the company is also planning to update the regular products aside from these new inventions, with MacBooks being the first ones. A new report from DigiTimes notes that Apple is preparing to release the new MacBook Air with an M3 chip later this year.
While there’s no specific timeframe mentioned nor its specifications, we expect it to come a month or two ahead of the new iPhone 15 Series. The interesting part of these 2023 MacBooks shall be their processor – the M3 chip, the most advanced of all till now.
It’s based on a 3nm process node and offers the best performance and improved power efficiency. Apple’s latest MacBook Air was launched in July 2022 and had an M2 chip with a notch in the display, MagSafe charging, a 1080p camera, and more.
The report further states that “The supply chain is more focused on the more affordable MacBook Air, which is expected to be updated in the second half of 2023 and may be equipped with a 3nm processor,” citing industry sources.
Although, there are a few caveats. The authors of this report had earlier cited that the new 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips would be “delayed” beyond early 2023 but are released now! Also, a display industry expert named Ross Young has earlier stated that a 15″ MacBook Air with Apple’s latest chip would come in the first half of 2023.
Considering all these mixed reports, we can’t trust anyone but wait for more details to pour in. TSMC started the mass production of 3nm chips in late December, which may fulfill the future Apple products like MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips).