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Apple MacBook Air Leads Quanta’s Notebook Shipment Ramp

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Apple announced a new generation of MacBook Pro laptops earlier this week, and they’ll begin shipping to customers on January 24th. New reporting from DigiTimes suggests that Quanta Computer started cranking out the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros in December 2022 in preparation for Apple’s official launch, and that MacBook Airs are next on the docket.

According to DigiTimes, Apple’s manufacturing partners and supply chain are gearing up for a MacBook Air refresh during the second half of 2023. These laptops will likely feature a new M3 SoC based on TSMC’s next-generation 3nm node. However, given that Apple’s MacBook Pros just received a 5nm M2 Pro/M2 Max upgrade, it’s possible that Apple won’t shift to the expected 3nm M3 Pro/M3 Max SoCs until 2024.

While the new MacBook Pros look the same on the outside (the design is still relatively fresh, as they launched in late 2021), there are quite a few internal changes. For starters, they ditch the M1 Pro and M1 Max SoCs in favor of faster M2 Pro and M2 Max silicon. In addition, while the chips still use a 5nm node, Apple boosted CPU performance by up to 20 percent, while GPU performance saw a maximum 30 percent uplift. The new MacBook Pros also feature Wi-Fi 6E support (up from Wi-Fi 6) and ditch the HDMI 2.0 port in favor of HDMI 2.1. 

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