Apple's M3 chips could be coming this year

MacBook Pro 2023
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Almost as soon as one Apple product is announced, speculation about the next iteration begins. And so we probably shouldn't be surprised that following the new MacBook Pros that have just launched with Apple's M2 chips, we're already talking about the M3. That is, if people have stopped getting excited about the charging cable.

Last week we reported that a new MacBook Air with the M3 chip could be coming this year, and now Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who is well-known for predicting Apple's behaviour, seems to have corroborated this rumour. Gurman has said in his newsletter that a better-performing M3 series will be coming out late this year or early next year. So it looks like we'll be updating our best MacBooks post sooner rather than later.

M2 MacBook Air

The new MacBook Air - will it be soon out-of-date? (Image credit: Apple)

Gurman also stated that Apple is already working on M3 versions of the iMac and the MacBook Air. "And it's developing a MacBook Pro revamp for 2025 with OLED screens and long-awaited touch support." We can't say we've been waiting in particular for touch support for the MacBook, but nevertheless that does sound interesting. Although 2025 feels like a long way away.

So could the M3 go straight to the MacBook Air, making the Air more powerful than the Pro? It sounds like it. Though seeing as the Air was only refreshed last year, that would make for a pretty speedy refresh cycle. 

Separately, as we noted last week, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that we'll be getting new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros in 2024, and these will feature the M3 chips. 

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We do know that the M3 chip is being worked on, with Apple's chipmaking partner TSMC having started mass production of M3 chips in late December last year. The chips are expected to offer improved performance and better power efficiency than the M2 chips. Although we wonder whether the average consumer will really be able to tell the difference, with most people probably not using the M2 chips to their full capacity. 

So, in summary, expect some M3 chips sometime soon in some Apple products, but exactly which ones and when they'll arrive remains to be seen.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.