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Apple’s A16 chip still uses TSMC’s 5nm, M2 chip will use 3nm

Apple’s new-generation iPhone A16 chip is rumored to use the same TSMC 5nm process as the iPhone 13’s A15 chip, but Apple’s M2 chip designed for the new generation of Macs will skip 4nm and go directly to the 3nm process. And whistleblower ShrimpApplePro alleged that Apple is developing the final version of the M1 chip.

The whistleblower ShrimpApplePro posted on Twitter, sharing a fairly reliable source, revealing that Apple plans to launch the A16 chip and M2 chip, as well as the final version of the M1 chip, but ShrimpApplePro is not sure about the final version of the A16, M2 and M1 chips’ name.

The whistleblower ShrimpApplePro said that the A16 chip will still maintain TSMC’s 5nm process, just like the A14 chip, A15 chip and M1 chip, but it will be a more advanced N5P process, which means CPU, GPU and memory performance will be slightly improved , as for the N4P, which is an enhanced third-generation version of the A16 chip.

According to a report by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, ShrimpApplePro pointed out that the A16 chip will be specially matched with the LPDDR 5 memory specification, and compared with the LPDDR 4X paired with the A15 chip in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the speed of LPDDR 5 can be up to 1.5 times. And power consumption can be reduced by up to 30%.

On the other hand, Apple’s M2 chip will directly skip 4nm and use TSMC’s 3nm process chip, and is regarded as Apple’s first processor chip using the ARMv9 architecture.

As for the last chip of Apple’s M1 series, it is rumored to be used for the new generation of Mac pro. Compared with Apple’s most powerful M1 Ultra chip, it should be a double version of the M1 Max, with 20-core CPU and 64-core GPU. Apple is working on a more powerful chip than the M1 Ultra.

Other sources claim that the A16 chip will only debut in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will continue to use the iPhone 13’s A15 chip, while the M2 chip is mostly rumored to be a redesigned MacBook Air use, or the next-generation Mac and the next-generation iPad Pro.

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Read more here: Alleged Apple Chip Plans Suggest ‘A16’ Will Stick With 5nm, ‘M2’ to Make Jump to 3nm Instead

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