iPhone 14 Pro Models to Have A16 Bionic Chip Based on Existing 5nm Process Tech: Ming-Chi Kuo


Apple iPhone 14 Pro models will come with an A16 Bionic chip that will build on TSMC’s existing 5nm processing technology, an analyst predicted based on the roadmap released by the Taiwanese chip maker. The process fab for the A16 Bionic chip is believed to be the same as that used to manufacture the A15 Bionic chip on last year’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models. It is also said that Apple is using the same process technology for the chip available in the next-generation MacBook Air models that are expected to debut before the launch of the iPhone 14 – possibly as early as June this year.

Citing TSMC’s roadmap and public announcements, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has chirp To indicate that the A16 Bionic chip will be based on the N5P logical node that was previously used to manufacture the A15 Bionic chip. The analyst said that Apple, though, is still calling the new processor the A16 Bionic for marketing purposes.

However, Kuo noted that there may be slight improvements in performance and power savings on the A16 compared to the current A15 Bonic.

Kuo previously speculated that while the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in the lineup will come with an A16 Bionic chip, the iPhone 14 models will use the same A15 SoC available in the iPhone 13 series.

The latest analyst comments indicate that Apple will not be able to present significant differences in performance at the chip level between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models because both will use chips based on the same 5nm process technology. However, the company has a record of improving user experiences by improving the software side of things.

Kuo also suggested that similar to the iPhone 14 Pro models, the new MacBook Air versions will continue to use the same CPU architecture available on the M1 chip, which is the same as the A15 Bionic SoC.

Some previous reports said that Apple will use the M2 chip in the new MacBook Air models. Kuo believes that while the M2 series with significantly enhanced performance on the M1 chip is likely to appear on the upcoming 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro, the Cupertino company may eventually introduce a new MacBook Air with a titled M2 CPU to boost marketing it.

The main reason why Apple isn’t likely to bring any significant performance upgrade this time around is the fact that TSMC isn’t expected to bring N3 and N4P logic nodes to mass production until 2023. The company has both N5P and N4 technologies that don’t include any major differences. Thus, it makes sense for Apple to continue using the N5P process.




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