Tipster says “fairly reliable source” expects A16 Bionic to be produced by TSMC using its 5nm process node
The smaller the process node, the larger the number of transistors that fit into a dense space, and that is important because the larger the number of transistors driving a chipset, the more powerful and energy-efficient the chip is.
iPhone tipster passes along a rumor about the A16-Bionic
Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset carries 15 billion transistors
You might be stunned to learn that the A15 Bionic sports 15 billion transistors in each chip. That sounds like an incredible number until you see that the Apple M1 Ultra (which is made by combining a pair of M1 Max chipsets) carries an amazing 114 billion transistors. Consider that the chip that used to run the OG iPhone was built by Samsung using its 90nm process node and included a 412 MHZ single-core ARM11 CPU.
The 2022 iPhone models will include a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.7-inch iPhone Max (replacing the mini), the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. The Pro models will have better cameras and include the ProMotion display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Oh, and how could we forget? The iPhone 14 line will continue to proudly wear the Notch while the Pro variants will sport the pill and hole-punch cutouts that will take over for the notch on Apple’s high-end 2022 phones.
The latest report calls for Apple to unveil the new iPhone 14 series on September 13th along with three versions of the Apple Watch, and the AirPods Pro 2. Storage options on the Pro models could start at 256GB and run as high as 2TB. However, Apple usually waits for two years before it makes such changes. So with that it mind, we’d expect the Pro configuration options to remain in a range of 128GB to 1TB for one more year.