TSMC will produce i A16 Bionic chip for the iPhone 14 coming in September: they should stay with the 5nm process, like Apple’s current line of smartphones. The rumors of the last few months instead wanted Apple to switch to the 4-nanometer process.
A16 Bionic, i chip per iPhone 14 a 5nm
TSMC has released a roadmap of the chips it will work on in the near future. The Taiwanese semiconductor giant was supposed to produce a series of 4-nanometer process chips, which Apple was to use to iPhone 14 Pro e Pro Max. Instead, the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed out that no such chips are planned.
It therefore seems that Apple does not want to revolutionize the processor of its smartphone. Especially in a period in which producing semiconductors costs more and takes longer. Instead it will continue on the ground already tested, optimizing for performance.
This news aligns with previous findings regarding the chips for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max two smartphones will use the A15 chip, those already present on the iPhone 13. A choice certainly dictated by supply chain problems. The leap generation, however, would have been too layered with i 4 nanometer chip for Pro models. Staying on the same architecture could reduce the differences.
Kuo also explained that, for similar reasons, the next MacBook Air will use an M1 chip and not the new generation Apple Silicon as previously thought. The M2 chip is expected to arrive next year, with the Apple likely to simply optimize for performance.
However, everything still remains to be demonstrated, we will keep you updated with the next news in the Apple area. And with WWDC 2022 starting next week, they may be arriving very soon.