The brand new A17 Pro chip can now only be found in the iPhone 15 Pro (Max). But soon all iPhone 16 models will have an A18 chip. You need to know this.
All iPhone 16 models will have an A18 chip
During the introduction of the iPhone 15, it became clear that the iPhone 15 Pro models have an A17 Pro chip. That’s a new name for the next generation of iPhone chips. And it looks like that new name is here to stay.
Analyst Jeff Pu told MacRumors that the iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max will receive the A18 Pro chips in 2024. But Pu also says the A17 Pro is just a transitional design.
The A18 Pro chips are made using the TSMC N3E manufacturing process. The N3E herein refers to TSMC’s second generation 3nm chip process, which is cheaper and more efficient than TSMC’s first generation 3nm process (N3B). That was used for the A17 Pro chip in the iPhone 15 Pro models.
A remarkable step for the iPhone 16 (Plus)
Since the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are equipped with the A16 Bionic chip, the move to the A18 chip for the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus would be remarkable to say the least. MacRumors says Pu’s claim is likely nothing more than an educated guess, implying he didn’t say his information is based on internal sources.
It remains to be seen whether Apple will actually go ahead with the A18 and A18 Pro branding. It is still possible that Apple will call the iPhone 16 chips A17 and A18 Pro, following suit in recent years. Moreover, it will take about a year before the new iPhone series is introduced. When new rumors emerge, you will of course read them iPhoned.
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