The A17 chip of the iPhone 15 Pro is already talking about it

While Apple has only just released the iPhone 14 series, rumors are already circulating about the chips that will be used by the firm on next year’s models. In a recent article, Nikkei evokes the projects of Apple and TSMC, the Taiwanese company which supplies its chips to the Cupertino company.

According to the Asian media, the A17 chip of the future iPhone 15 Pro is already in development. And it should take advantage of a new version of TSMC’s 3 nm engraving, also called N3E. Unfortunately, according to the Nikkei article, Apple could, once again, reserve this new chip for the most expensive models.

The chip, a new means of differentiating between the Pro models and the standard models

As a reminder, on the iPhone 14 series, the standard models (iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus) use the A15 Bionic chip, which was already fitted to the devices of the iPhone 13 series. To take advantage of the improvements of the new A16 Bionic chip, you must buy an iPhone 14 Pro or an iPhone 14 Pro Max. Moreover, in addition to having a better chip, these two models concentrate the main novelties, such as the screen without notch, Dynamic Island or the 48 megapixel camera.

And it seems that the Cupertino company wants to keep this strategy for the iPhone 15 series. Regarding TSMC’s 3 nm engraving, this technology could therefore be reserved for Pro models equipped with the A17 Bionic chip.

In a tweet posted a few days ago, analyst Ming Chi Kuo also predicted that next year Apple should create more differentiation between standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro in a bid to sell more Pro models and, in passing, increase the average selling price of its smartphones.

Reduce the distance between transistors to boost performance

As a reminder, nanometer size refers to the width between transistors on a chip. The smaller it is, the more transistors there will be in a chip, and the greater the gains in performance and energy efficiency. Currently, high-end smartphones use chips engraved in 5 nm or 4 nm.

“N3 technology will deliver up to 70% gain in logic density, up to 15% improvement in speed at the same power, and up to 30% reduction in power at the same speed compared to technology N5 »can we read on the TSMC website.

3 nm engraving is already available today. But according to Nikkei, Apple will benefit from a new version that will further improve performance and energy efficiency.

And besides, burning in N3E will not only benefit the iPhone. Indeed, according to the media, Apple also plans to equip some Macs and iPads with 3 nm engraved chips.

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