Commercial output of 3nm chips is expected to start in the second half of 2022. The technology is said improve computing performance by 10-15% versus 5nm and reduce power consumption by 25-30%.
Nikkei says that the iPad, presumably the iPad Pro, could get a 3nm chip next year while the iPhone will be upgraded with a 4nm chip.
Apple's iPad will likely be the first devices powered by processors made using 3-nm technology, sources said. The next generation of iPhones, which are to roll out next year, are expected to make use of the intermediate 4-nm tech for scheduling reasons.
Since only the iPad will use 3nm chips in 2022, more 3nm chip volume is planned for Intel than Apple.
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