According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may not release MacBooks with an M3 SoC this year. Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman previously said that the first Macs with M3 sockets will appear in October 2023. Apple may release another Mac model with M3 SoC this year.
“It appears that Apple will not release any new MacBook models (equipped with M3 series SoCs) before the end of this year,” Kuo shares on the social medium X. Kuo specifically mentions ‘MacBooks’ here and does not talk about ‘Macs’ in general. However, previous sources point to the arrival of MacBooks with M3 SoC in October. For example, Gurman said in July that the updated iMac 24″, MacBook Air 13″ and MacBook Pro 13″ may have the successor to the M2 SoC.
Both Gurman and Kuo are generally reliable sources when it comes to future Apple products. It is possible that Apple has recently changed its original course. For example, Apple may not be able to produce enough M3 sockets for its future laptops. The M3 SoC will probably be produced using TSMC’s 3nm process, but sooner reported 9to5Mac already that the Taiwanese chip manufacturer is struggling to meet Apple’s high demand.
As a rule, more MacBooks are sold than other types of Mac PCs. There is therefore a chance that Apple will release a new iMac 24″ with M3 SoC this year. In addition to a standard M3 SoC, more powerful Pro and Max versions are also expected in the M3 series, although Apple is bringing the Macs with those Socs will reportedly not be released until 2024.
There may be no new MacBooks with M3 chip in 2023.