Apple could use 3nm chips on iPhones from 2024 across all models. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be ready to supply the American phone make with advanced chips at the end of 2022. While that rules out any prospects for the upcoming iPhone 14 handsets, we can see super efficient iterations coming just one or two years from now on.
Apple is rumored to use advanced chipsets on limited devices until 2024 and on all after that.
3nm is the most-advanced chipset available which brings more computing efficiency at lower power consumption. The lower number indicates more transistors in a chip which translates to higher performance capability.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 series this mid-September. It is likely that the iPhone 14 Pro handsets will feature an A16 Bionic chip which is also produced by TSMC. But it is based on the 4nm process. The non-pro models will be powered by the A15 Bionic chips which use a 5nm process.
Should buyers be concerned about not having 3nm chips on iPhones?
For those who won’t care about the specs and leave it up to Apple, it is not a concern. The performance issue with not having the 3nm chips underneath is going to be barely noticeable. The 4 nm and 5nm chips won’t dull out an iPhone right away. For another instance, to reflect the optimization, iPhone uses a much lower Ram compared to its Android counterparts but still gets away with lag-free performance. The engineering is there in its architecture.
Anyway, the chipsets being just one or two generations older won’t draw a major concern. However, it’s just that consumers may prefer paying a premium cost for the ultra-premium device to bring the best chipset around.
Apple is expected to only start using 3nm chipsets on all iPhones after 2024. Therefore, we can count on the American phone maker to exploit the 3nm chips among the devices while singling out others.
Apple could use variants of chipsets to differentiate separate models
The odds are strong that iPhone 15 pro models could use 3nm a17 Bionic Chips while the non-Pro models may have to make do with the 4nm A16 Bionic variants. The strategy is common to differentiate between more premium models from more affordable ones. It’s an effective strategy not common to just Apple.
The chip industry is going short of supply fulfillments but the vendors are in a hot contest to launch their own next-generation 3nm chipsets. Besides TSMC, AMD, Qualcomm, and other semiconductors will launch the advanced chipsets by 2024.
Will you be concerned about not having 3nm chips on iPhones when you make up your mind for purchase this year? Do share with us if it will be a deal breaker or a minor issue you could live with below in the comments.