New MacBook Airs and 13-inch MacBook Pro will reportedly come with M3 chip

Apple’s next-gen 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models will both come with an M3 chip, according to 9to5Mac sources. The report claims that Apple is also planning to release an updated version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M3 chip.

The unannounced M3 chip will have an 8-core CPU like the M2 chip, according to the report, but the chip is expected to be manufactured based on TSMC’s latest 3nm process to further improve performance and power efficiency. The M2 chip and its high-end Pro and Max variants are based on TSMC’s second generation 5nm process.

The report doesn’t specify when the MacBook trio will be announced, but speculates that June’s WWDC 2023 would be an ideal time for Apple to announce the M3 chip and the first Macs with the chip. Apple unveiled the existing MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro alongside the M2 chip at WWDC 2022 last year.

On Sunday, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said it was “plausible” that at least the new 13-inch MacBook Air would feature the M3 chip. He said Apple will likely release both the 13-inch and 15-inch models “between late spring and summer.”

There have been conflicting reports on whether the new MacBook Airs will feature the M2 chip or the M3 chip and when they will be released. Just hours ago, display industry analyst Ross Young reiterated his expectation that the 15-inch MacBook Air would launch in April, but the timing remains a question mark at this point.

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