In March analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted that only the iPhone 14 Pro models will have the “A16” chip, while the standard iPhone 14 models will retain the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13. Now MacRumors reports that the A16 will stick with a 5mm process, while the M2 processor will be manufactured at 3nm.
Kuo tweeted: Only two Pro models would upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 & 14 Max will remain the A15. All four new models will likely come with 6GB RAM, with the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro & 14 Pro Max) vs. LPDDR 4X (14 & 14 Max).
The MacRumors, noting a tweet by the leaker known as “ShrimpApplePro,” says the A16 will reportedly be based on TSMC’s 5nm process, just like the A14, A15, and M1 chips. MacRumors says “this suggests that the A16 may be less of a substantial upgrade than previously thought.”
The A16’s improvements will instead purportedly come from minor enhancements to the CPU, GPU, and memory. Mirroring a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, ShrimpApplePro said that the A16 will specifically feature LPDDR 5 memory.
Huh? 5mm? Not likely. 5nm? Probably.
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