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Apple books out initial production run of next-generation 4 nm wafers from TSMC for its new Mac chips

Apple's next-generation Macs will feature chips made on TSMC's new 4 nm node. (Image: Apple)
Apple's next-generation Macs will feature chips made on TSMC's new 4 nm node. (Image: Apple)
Apple has booked TSMC’s initial production of the first next-generation 4 nm process node wafers according to Digitimes. The first chips to roll off the production line will be destined for Apple’s Mac line, which of course includes its MacBook Pro models and iMacs.

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Apple will be among the first companies to fit its devices with next-generation 4 nm silicon according to Taiwanese supply-chain Digitimes. The Cupertino giant has used its muscle to book out the first run of 4 nm wafers to be produced using TSMC’s state-of-the-art process node. The chips will be headed not to Apple’s next iPhone, but its Mac line including its redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro and all-new iMac. The iPhone’s A15 SoC will, instead, be produced on TSMC’s refined 5 nm Plus process.

The performance of the 5 nm-based Apple M1 processor found in the current MacBook Air, Mac mini and low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro has blown observers away. Its performance-per-Watt far outstrips the x86 competition from both Intel and AMD and runs rings around the latest x86 chips in terms of single-core performance. As such, expectations are high for what Apple is cooking up for its more performance oriented Apple Silicon models. Apple has pointed more than once that both its custom Arm-based architecture and in-house GPU designs are scalable so we are expecting fireworks.

It was only earlier today that YouTuber iCave Dave has estimated that a purported Apple M1Z chip and an M1P will definitely make people stand up and take notice. iCave Dave crunched the numbers and found that the M1Z with a 20-core CPU and 32-core iGPU would theoretically outperform the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X while sipping substantially less power. The numbers for the purported 128-core GPU in the Apple M1P part could theoretically outstrip the performance of an Nvidia RTX 3080

The eagerly awaited launch of the next wave of Apple Silicon Macs is expected to start with the launch of the next-generation redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros and iMacs currently forecast to launch in the second half of 2021.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1291 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-03-30 (Update: 2021-03-30)