Apple’s alleged chip plans suggest sticking to 5nm ‘A16’, suggest jumping to 3nm instead of ‘M2’

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The “A16” chip for the iPhone will reportedly be made using the same process as the iPhone 13’s A15 Bionic, with Apple saving a huge performance jump for the “M2” chip designed for its next-gen Macs. Meanwhile, the company is working on an “ultimate” M1 chip version that uses more powerful cores than the A15, according to the leaker, known as “ShrimpApplePro”.

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one in thread on twitterShrimpApplePro shared information from a “quite reliable source,” which claims to reveal the “final” version in the M1 family of chips, along with Apple’s chip plans for the upcoming A16 and M2 chips.

The A16 will reportedly be based on TSMC’s 5nm process, just like the A14, A15 and M1 chips. Previous reports have not clarified whether the A16 will be manufactured using TSMC’s more advanced 4nm process, with a vague report of digittimes stating that Apple plans to use TSMC’s 4nm N4P process, but is actually the N4P one Advanced third generation version of the 5nm process, ShrimpApplePro, on the other hand, said that the A16 will use TSMC’s N5P process. This suggests that the A16 could be a less significant upgrade than previously thought.

According to the information, the CPU, GPU and memory in the A16 will improve with minor improvements. Reflecting a report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, ShrimpApplePro said that the A16 will exclusively feature LPDDR5 memory. LPDDR5 memory is one and a half times faster and 30% more power efficient than conventional memory. The A15 chip in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro combined with LPDDR4X.

Apparently, the M2 chip will be the first Apple chip to make the leap to TSMC’s 3nm process, leaving 4nm altogether. The M2 is believed to be Apple’s first custom ARMv9 processor.

It is also said that Apple is working on the “final M1-series SoC”, with updated cores. The M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips use the same low-power “Icestorm” cores and high-performance “Firestorm” cores, similar to the A14 Bionic chip. Apple’s final M1 version will reportedly be based on the A15 Bionic, with lower-power “Blizzard” cores and higher-performance “Avalanche” cores.

This latest chip in the M1 family could be offered in the next-gen Mac Pro, which Apple apparently teased earlier this year. Currently, Apple’s most powerful chip is the M1 Ultra, which is effectively a duplicate version of the M1 Max with a 20-core CPU and 64-core GPU. With Apple’s first silicon Mac Pro, Apple is believed to be working on a chip that’s even more powerful than the M1 Ultra. The M1 Ultra is already faster than the 28-core Intel Xeon chip in Mac Studio, so the Mac Pro should get an even more extreme performance boost.

Alternatively, if not for the Mac Pro, this new chip could be a variant of the standard M1 chip. Kuo said earlier this year that the 2022 MacBook Air will retain the M1 chip instead of the M2, so it’s possible that the ShrimpApplePro rumor is related to the entry-level M1 instead of Apple’s top-tier M1 variant. The Silicon Mac Pro , or something else entirely. Offering devices that are iterations of the standard M1 chip could help Apple buy time before launching Macs with the M2 chip.

Other reports claim that the A16 chip will debut exclusively in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, and the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will come with the A15 Bionic from the iPhone 13, while the M2 chip is rumored to be introduced. Is. With a redesigned design. The MacBook Air is due out later this year, before spreading to a wave of new Macs and potentially the next-generation iPad Pro.

ShrimpApplePro was unsure about the “A16”, “M2” last name and the final version of the M1 chip and said the rumor should be taken with a grain of salt.

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