TL;DR: The A16 SoC that shall be used on the iPhone 14 will most likely not carry large efficiency and effectivity positive aspects if it is going to use the identical course of because the A15 Bionic. Apple will reportedly depend on structure enhancements and a swap to LPDDR5 reminiscence and use the brand new chip solely of their iPhone Pro sequence.
In a sequence of tweets right now, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicated that Apple’s upcoming A16 chipset would possibly proceed to make use of TSMC’s N5P course of node, the identical as its predecessor, the A15. The resolution was reportedly made as a result of the Taiwanese foundry will not be capable to produce sufficient chips on the brand new N3 node this 12 months to satisfy demand. Meanwhile, N4P, one other improved variant of the N5 course of, will solely begin mass manufacturing subsequent 12 months.
This leaves Apple with a alternative between N4 and N5P, with the latter being the better-performing (and doubtless dearer) node. It’s unlikely that the corporate will swap over to Samsung’s GAAFET 3 nm course of, because the final A-series chip that wasn’t manufactured solely by TSMC was the A9, which got here out in 2015.
According to TSMC’s public bulletins & the roadmap (supply: https://t.co/EgzC8D1Wys):
1. Significantly higher N3 & N4P will not begin mass manufacturing till 2023.
2. N5P & N4 are the most recent applied sciences Apple can use for 2H22 merchandise.
3. N4 has no benefits vs. N5P. pic.twitter.com/kmzQEyxRkN
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 29, 2022
As a reminder, Apple is predicted to solely equip higher-end iPhone 14 Pro fashions with the brand new chip, with the vanilla telephones delivery with the A15 as a substitute.
Kuo additionally reiterated that the upcoming MacBook Air refresh would possibly maintain utilizing the M1 chip as a substitute of launching with the brand new M2. The laptop computer is rumored to come back with an all-new design, one thing Apple appears to imagine is a a lot better promoting level than new internals (and we are inclined to agree, the M1 is fairly good when it comes to effectivity).
The Cupertino firm would choose to debut the M2 SoC subsequent 12 months on a MacBook Pro lineup replace. This would additionally permit them to make the most of the extra superior N4P or N3 node.