iPhone 14 Pro and the redesigned MacBook Air reportedly stuck using the technology behind the A15 chip

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According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 Pro’s “A16” chip could be a minor upgrade over the iPhone 13’s A15 Bionic, and questions are growing about the nature of the “M2” chip.

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Earlier this week, the leaker known as the “Shrimp ApplePro” said that the A16 chip for the iPhone 14 Pro model would be made using a process similar to the iPhone 13’s A15 Bionic, with Apple potentially adding chips to the A15 Bionic. can save a huge performance jump. The M- series designed for their next generation of Macs instead. one in thread on twitter Quoting ShrimpApplePro, Kuo today confirmed these rumors about the A16 and ‌M2 chips‌.

Kuo said that since TSMC’s significantly improved N3 and N4P manufacturing processes won’t be available for mass production until 2023, the N5P and N4 are the last viable technologies available for new Apple chips due this year. Kuo believes the N4 has no significant advantage over the N5P, the process currently used to make the A15 Bionic chip in the iPhone 13 line and iPad mini, so Apple is reportedly going to replace the N5P with the A16 chip. planning to live with The performance and efficiency improvements of the A16 chip over the A15 are therefore “limited”, according to Kuo, leading to the claim that naming the iPhone 14 Pro chip “A16” is “more of a marketing purpose.” ,

Kuo said another device launching this year, the redesigned MacBook Air, faces “the same technical limitations as the A16” with the N5P. He suggested that the complete redesign of the 2022 MacBook Air is “already a huge selling point,” which could mean that having a major chip upgrade may be less important for this device.

Instead, Kuo proposed that Apple could see more benefits from the introduction of the first ‌M2 chips” in the next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. While Apple may be calling the “M2” chip in the redesigned MacBook Air to boost sales, even if it only has a minor upgrade over the current M1, it makes the “M2” name more substantial. Can choose to save for upgrade. generation in 2023 to further enhance Apple’s silicon brand image.

ShrimpApplePro had earlier said that Apple is working on a “final ‌M1 Series SoC” with updated cores. The M1h, M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips use low-power “Icestorm” cores and high-performance “Firestorm” cores, as does 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.

Kuo said earlier this year that the 2022 MacBook Air will retain the M1 chip instead of featuring the M2, so it’s possible that ShrimpApplePro’s rumored entry-level may be related to the new version of the M1. Offering devices with a mid-generation iteration of the standard 1M1 chip could help Apple buy time before launching Macs with a 2M2 chip.

Based on this information, the “true” M2 chip may not emerge until 2023, with chips in upcoming devices bearing a strong resemblance to the iPhone 14 Pro and the redesigned MacBook Air A15. Additionally, the standard iPhone 14 model is rumored to retain the same A15 chip from the iPhone 13 line. As a result, 2022 could be a year of minor, iterative chip upgrades from Apple, with major upgrades on the horizon for 2022, due to the availability of more advanced manufacturing processes.


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