Putting an end to a recent pattern, Apple will bless all its iPhone 16 variants with its new A18 Pro processor, according to a new report. It’s being said that the fresh SoC will be built using the second-generation N3E 3nm process node by TSMC.
When the iPhone 14 range was launched in September last year, many were surprised by the fact that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models had adopted the A15 Bionic chip instead of the new A16 Bionic that was only reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
This pattern repeated itself this year as well, with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus having opted for the A16 Bionic and the latest A17 Pro chip going to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
The new report comes from Wccf Tech and quotes industry analyst Jeff Pu from Haitong Securities. According to it, Pu has predicted that all the models from the iPhone 16 range will benefit from the new processor that Apple plans to launch next year.
While specific details about this chip remain a mystery right now, the report does mention that it will be manufactured by TSMC using its second-generation N3E 3nm process node.
It’s worth noting that the A17 Pro, which was the first-ever 3nm chip from a company for its own phone, was built with the first-generation N3E 3nm process node.
The A17 Pro is home to a whopping 19 billion transistors, which is a 19 percent increase when compared to its predecessor. That number is expected to grow in the second-gen process node and so is the battery-saving capability of the chipset.
That side, these are pretty early rumors for the iPhone 16 range so we would advise taking them with a grain of salt.