Apple iPhone 14 Pro models will ship with the A16 Bionic chip, which will be based on TSMC’s existing 5nm process, an analyst predicted based on a roadmap released by the Taiwanese chipmaker. The manufacturing process for the A16 Bionic chip is believed to be the same as for the production of the A15 Bionic chip in last year’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models. Apple is also reportedly using the same workflow for the chip that is available in next-generation MacBook Air models, which are expected to debut ahead of the launch of the iPhone 14, possibly as early as June of this year.
Citing TSMC’s roadmap and public announcements, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted suggest 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 will continue to refer to the new A16 Bionic processor for marketing purposes.
However, Kuo indicated that the A16’s performance and power savings could be slightly improved over the existing A15 Bonic.
Kuo previously suggested that while the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in the lineup would ship with the A16 Bionic chip, the iPhone 14 models would use the same A15 SoC that is available on the iPhone 13 series.
The analyst’s latest comments suggest that Apple won’t be able to deliver a significant chip-level performance difference between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models, as both will use chips based on the same 5nm process. However, the company has a track record of optimizing the user experience through software enhancements.
Kuo also suggested that, like the iPhone 14 Pro models, newer versions of the MacBook Air will continue to use the same CPU architecture available on the M1 chip, which is the same as on the A15 Bionic SoC.
Some previous reports have mentioned that Apple will 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 in the next 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro model, the Cupertino-based company may eventually introduce a new MacBook Air equipped with a M2. title to improve your marketing.
The main reason for predicting why Apple is unlikely to make any noticeable performance upgrades this time around is the fact that TSMC does not plan to put the N3 and N4P logical nodes into mass production until 2023. The company has N5P and N4 technologies, which both do not contain significant differences. So it makes sense for Apple to continue using the N5P process.