A17 chips from Apple are manufactured using a 3nm process


Apple unveiled the iPhone 14 series at its “Far Out” presentation exactly one week ago. While we wait for the initial shipments, the Cupertino business is already anticipating the release of the next iPhone, which may be the first smartphone to have a 3nm processor.

The performance difference between the “Pro” variants and the ordinary models was first introduced in 2022. The latter uses the A16 chip, which was released last year, while the former uses the A15.

The majority of benchmarks show that the A16 is, in fact, more powerful, but the improvement in performance is just slight. According to Apple, the key advantages of the A16 over the A15 will be in terms of their respective power efficiency.

Because both SoCs are produced using the same 5nm process, the difference between the A16 and A15 processors is not very substantial. Although the A16 has a more advanced manufacturing process and is occasionally touted as being “4nm,” both chipsets really employ the same technology node.

This might all alter the following year. The A17 chip from Apple and the M3 processors that power upcoming MacBooks will be the first devices to adopt TSMC’s most recent 3nm chipmaking technology, according to a report.

The 3nm process will be used probably in the second half of 2023, just in time for the iPhone 15 lineup. By extension, the A17 will be the first 3nm SoC in a smartphone. Therefore, it makes sense to anticipate that the raw performance gap between the A17 and A16 will be more pronounced than the gap between the A16 and A15.

It is highly likely that we will see a very significant gap between the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro if Apple sticks to its new approach of employing the most recent chipset only for its “Pro” iPhones.

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