iPhone 14 Pro and Redesigned MacBook Air Reportedly Stuck Using Technology Behind A15 Chip
The “A16” chip of the iPhone 14 Pro may be a minor upgrade over the A15 Bionic of the iPhone 13 and there are growing questions about the nature of the “M2” chip, according to renowned Apple analyst Ming- Chi Kuo.
Earlier this week, the filter known as “ShrimpApplePro” postulated that the A16 chip for the “iPhone 14 Pro” models will be manufactured with the same process as the A15 Bionic of the “iPhone 13”, with Apple potentially saving a jump of higher performance for designed M series chips. for your next generation Macs In a on Twitter citing ShrimpApplePro, Kuo today corroborated these rumors about the A16 and M2 chips.
Kuo said that as TSMC’s significantly better N3 and N4P manufacturing processes will not be available for mass production until 2023, N5P and N4 are the latest viable technologies available for Apple’s new chips to be released this year. year. Kuo believes that the N4 has no significant advantages over the N5P, the process currently used to make the A15 Bionic chip in the “iPhone 13” line and the iPad mini, so Apple reportedly plans to continue with N5P for the A16 chip. Therefore, the performance and efficiency improvements of the A16 chip compared to the A15 are “limited”, according to Kuo, which leads to the claim that naming the iPhone 14 Pro chip “A16” is “more of a purpose”. marketing “.
Kuo added that the redesigned MacBook Air, another device expected to launch this year, faces “the same technical limitations as the A16” with N5P. He suggested that the complete redesign of the 2022 MacBook Air is “already a big selling point”, which could mean that having a major chip upgrade could be less important for this device.
Instead, Kuo suggested that Apple could see more advantages in releasing the first M2 chips on next-generation 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. While Apple might call the redesigned BookMacBook Air chip “M2” to increase sales, although there are only minor upgrades compared to the existing M1, it may choose to save the name “M2” for a very new upgrade. more substantial than the previous generation. 2023 to further enhance the brand image of Apple Silicon.
ShrimpApplePro previously stated that Apple is working on the “final SoC of the M1 series”, with updated kernels. The M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips use energy-efficient “Icestorm” cores and high-performance “Firestorm” cores, as does the A14 Bionic chip. The final variant of Apple M1 is supposed to be based on the A15 Bionic, with energy-efficient “Blizzard” cores and high-performance “Avalanche” cores.
Kuo said earlier this year that the 2022 MacBook Air would retain the M1 chip instead of the M2, so it is possible that the ShrimpApplePro rumor is related to a new version of the nivellM1 entry level. Offering devices with a mid-generation iteration of the standard M1 chip could help Apple gain time before launching Macs with the M2 chip.
Based on this information, the “true” M2 chip may not appear until 2023, with chips on nearby devices such as the iPhone 14 Pro and the redesigned MacBook Air closely resembling the A15. In addition, it is rumored that standard iPhone 14 models retain the same A15 chip from the “iPhone 13” line. As a result, 2022 may be a year of smaller iterative Apple chip upgrades, with larger upgrades on the horizon for 2023 thanks to the availability of more advanced manufacturing processes.