Mad rumor calls for TSMC to reuse its 5nm process node on A16 Bionic chipset

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There has been speculation that due to the chip shortage, Apple will use different chipsets for the non-Pro iPhone 14 models and the iPhone 14 Pro handsets to be unveiled in September. Typical, Apple uses the same chip for all high-end iPhone models it produces for one year. But the pandemic has led to a shortage of potato chips. If this had been a normal year, Apple would have used the A16 Bionic for all four iPhone 14 models.
Instead of. the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will likely be powered by the more powerful A16 Bionic, built by TSMC. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to reuse the A15 Bionic, which is under the hood of last year’s iPhone 13 series. The A16 Bionic was originally expected to use TSMC’s 4nm process node.

Tipster says “fairly reliable source” expects A16 Bionic to be produced by TSMC using its 5nm process node

The smaller the process node, the greater the number of transistors that can fit in a dense space, and that’s important because the greater the number of transistors driving a chipset, the more powerful and energy-efficient the chip is.

But according to Apple tipster @ShrimpApplePro, “a fairly reliable source” says the A16 Bionic will be produced using TSMC’s improved 5nm process node rather than the expected 4nm node. The tipster himself, noting how unlikely it is that TSMC would stay at 5nm for the A16 Bionic, says to take this rumor with a grain of MSG (monosodium glutamate).
The “fairly reliable source” says it expects the A16 Bionic to have upgrades in the chip’s CPU, LPDDR5 RAM, and an improved GPU (graphics chip). There has also been some talk about Apple uses a 5nm A16 Bionic for the cheaper non-Pro models, and a 4nm A16 Pro Bionic chip for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The truth is, unless you’re a fan of super smartphones, you probably have no idea which chipset powers your phone and how many transistors are in that part of your phone.

Apple’s A15 Bionic Chipset Contains 15 Billion Transistors

You might be surprised to learn that the A15 Bionic has 15 billion transistors in each chip. That sounds like an incredible number until you see that the Apple M1 Ultra (which is made by combining a few M1 Max chipsets) contains an astonishing 114 billion transistors. Recall that the chip that used to run the OG iPhone was built by Samsung using its 90nm process node and featured a 412MHZ single-core ARM11 CPU.

The 2022 iPhone models will feature a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.7-inch iPhone Max (which replaces the mini), the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. contain. The Pro models will have better cameras and the ProMotion display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Oh, and how can we forget? The iPhone 14 line will proudly continue to sport the Notch, while the Pro variants will have the pill and punch cutouts that will take over the notch on Apple’s high-end 2022 phones.

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