Good news: the processor of the iPhone 14 Pro will not be much different from the processor of the iPhone 13 Pro
Mingchi Kuo, a veteran analyst, has already revealed a lot of detailed information about Apple’s future plans. According to TSMC’s official announcements and roadmap , this large Taiwanese company does not plan to start mass production of processors based on N3 and N4P lithography until 2023. Ko believes that these two lithographs will be significantly better. Accordingly, the most modern lithography available to Apple for the products of the second half of this year are N5P and N4. Ko says TSMC’s N4 lithography has no added advantages over N5P.
A15 Bionic processor is made using N5P lithography. Since the N4 is not significantly different from the N5P, it makes sense that Apple would still use the N5P lithography in the A16 processor of the iPhone 14 series. slow The use of N5P lithography means that we should not expect the power consumption and processing power of the A16 processor to experience much improvement compared to the A15.
Rumors say that this year Apple will only release iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max from the A16 processor and in iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max uses A15. It seems that the use of the name A16 for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max chip is done for marketing purposes, and in practice, there is not much difference between the A15 and A16 chips.
Mingchi Ku says in another tweet that the new MacBook Air series laptop processor will face the same technical limitations as the A16 processor. It is said that Apple will change the design of the product in the new generation of MacBook Air. Apple probably believes that redesigning the product is enough to increase its sales. Ming-Chi Kuo says that the M2 processor may appear in the next-generation 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Not using a chip called M2 in MacBook Air 2022 is not certain; But the more logical move for Apple is to use an improved version of the M1 in the 2022 MacBook Air and build the M2 processor next year using N3 or N4P lithography.
- Apple may produce M2 processor with 3nm lithography
- maybe Apple’s A16 chip will be produced with TSMC 5nm lithography like the previous two generations
If Apple adheres to the traditions of the last few years, the new iPhone generation will be unveiled later this summer.