An authoritative insider under the nickname ShrimpApplePro shared on Twitter information that the new Apple A16 chip for the iPhone 14 will be produced using the same manufacturing process as the A15 Bionic for the iPhone 13. The upgrade will be less significant than expected.
According to an insider who cites a “fairly reliable source,” the A16 will be based on TSMC’s 5nm process, as will the A14, A15, and M1 chips. The A16 was previously speculated to be manufactured on TSMC’s more advanced 4nm N4P process, but as it turns out, N4P is actually an improved version of the 5nm process. However, ShrimpApplePro is confident that the A16 will use the TSMC N5P process.
The source believes that the main improvements to the A16 will be minor improvements to the CPU, GPU, and LPDDR5 memory support. For reference, the A15 chip found in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro uses slower LPDDR4X memory.
In addition, ShrimpApplePro talked about the Apple Silicon M2, which will be the company’s first chip built on TSMC’s 3nm process and Apple’s first dedicated ARMv9 processor.
The company also continues to work on improved versions of the M1 series chips with updated cores. The current M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra use energy-efficient Icestorm cores and high-performance Firestorm cores – just like the A14 Bionic chip. The new versions of the Apple M1 chips are expected to be based on the A15 Bionic with Blizzard’s power-efficient cores and Avalanche’s high-performance cores.
Most likely, the latest chip in the M1 family will debut in the new Mac Pro, which Apple openly teased earlier this year.
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