As a brand, Apple has always stood for innovative and modern technologies. With the iPhone 13, which the group released in 2021, there was not much to see. The iPhone 14 planned for this year should make up for this missed opportunity. Fans of the company from Cupertino, California have special hope for the Pro model of the new flagship series. However, new evidence indicates that at least the processor of the iPhone 14 Pro will not significantly differ from that of its predecessor.
iPhone 14 Pro retains old structure width
When it comes to leaks about new smartphones from Apple, these often do not come from the USA at all. The tech group’s production facilities are mainly located in Asia. Therefore, the latest information about the processor of the iPhone 14 Pro does not come from the New York, but from the Taiwan Commercial Times.
The Chinese-language financial newspaper states that the new Apple A16 Bionic-SoC (system-on-a-chip) will remain with a structural width of five nanometers. Like the previous A15 chip, it also relies on six CPU and five GPU cores. That means: Compared to the iPhone 13 Pro, the new model does not make any significant leap at this point.
According to the Commercial Times, the reason for this is that the N3 process of the supplier TSMC does not yet have the necessary capacities. With the help of this process, Apple wanted to reduce the structural width of its SoCs from five to three nanometers.
Process optimization at Apple
The N5 process used to date has proven to be the “most competitive advanced process technology in the industry,” TSMC said. However, in order to improve power consumption and the density of future chips, the company has further optimized the technology.
Instead of the N5, it uses the N4P process for the A16 Bionic SoCs. It should give the iPhone 14 Pro an eleven percent higher performance with a good 22 percent lower power consumption. The first margins are scheduled to go into production in the second half of 2022.
In addition to the general shortage of chips, this improved technology could also contribute to the projected increase in iPhone 14 prices.
Source: Taiwan Commercial Times