Apple iPhone 14 Pro models will come with the A16 bionic chip, which will be based on TSMC’s existing 5nm process technology, an analyst predicts based on a roadmap published by a Taiwanese chipmaker. The fab process of the A16 bionic chip is thought to be similar to that used in the A15 bionic chip in last year’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models. Apple will use the same process technology for the chips available in its next-generation MacBook Air models that are expected to make their debut before the iPhone 14 launches – probably early June this year.
Citing TSMC roadmap and public announcement, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Tweet To suggest that the A16 bionic chip will be based on the N5P logic node that was previously used to make the A15 bionic chip. Analysts say Apple will call the new processor A16 Bionic for marketing purposes though.
However, Kuo indicated that the A16 may have a slight improvement in performance and power-saving compared to the existing A15 merchants.
Cuo previously speculated that the lineup would come with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max 16 bionic chips, with the iPhone 14 models using the same A15 SoC that is available in the iPhone 13 series.
Recent comments from analysts suggest that Apple will not be able to provide significant chip-level performance differences between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models as both will use chips based on the same 5nm process technology. However, the company has a track record of optimizing the user experience by refining aspects of the software.
Kuo further suggested that like the iPhone 14 Pro model, the new MacBook Air versions will continue to use the same CPU architecture available on the M1 chip, which is similar to the A15 Bionic SoC.
Earlier reports suggested that Apple would use the M2 chip in its new MacBook Air models. Kuo believes that while the M2 series, with a significant performance boost over the M1 chip, is likely to appear on the next 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro model, the Cupertino company may eventually launch a new MacBook Air with a CPU carrying M2. The title enhances its marketing.
The main reason why Apple is not able to bring any significant performance upgrade at this time is that TSMC is not expected to bring N3 and N4P logic nodes by 2023. The company has N5P and N4 technology which are both. Do not include any significant differences. Thus, it is understandable for Apple to continue using the N5P process.