iPhone 14’s A16 won’t benefit from newer 4nm tech unlike rival Android chips

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The latest Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek chips are all based on 4nm processing technology, a derivative of the 5nm manufacturing technology used last year to manufacture last year’s high-end chips. It was previously assumed that Apple would also opt for the intermediate node for iPhone 14’s A16 Bionic chip, but a spate of new rumors suggests the company is joining the 5nm technology.
With a smaller processor node, chipmakers can cram more transistors into the same place, and as transistors get smaller, they get faster and consume less energy. Last year’s A15 Bionic was made using the 5nm technology, and while this was the same as the manufacturing process used for the A14, changes made elsewhere have resulted in about a 10 percent improvement in CPU performance and up to 30 percent. percent in graphics performance. The A15 Bionic was also 50 percent faster than the last generation of chips from Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung.
Some previous rumors had said that this year’s 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone Max would stay with the A15 Bionic, and the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max would be powered by a new chip based on TSMC’s 4nm process.

Recently, leaker ShrimpApplePro said that the A16 Bionic will not be based on the 4nm process. They added that the chip will benefit from an improved CPU and GPU and faster LPDDR5 RAM.

Trusted Apple Insider Ming Chi Kuo’ has now backed up claims that Apple is sticking to the 5nm process for the A16.
Both Shrimp and Kuo explain that the N4 process isn’t much of an improvement over N5P, and any gains would have been minimal. This can be argued as Qualcomm’s latest flagship chip, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 seems to have benefited from TSMC’s 4nm process.
Regardless, the A16 Bionic will presumably still have more power than the average person needs and will most likely maintain its edge over competing chips. This could help the iPhone 14 to phone from 2022.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are rumored to have cutouts for the Face ID technology and selfie camera, while the regular models will keep the notch. The premium models will also most likely show off a new 48MP camera. All the phones in the lineup are expected to get satellite connectivity and a better selfie camera.

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