Previous rumors and reports from analysts have been suggesting the arrival of a new Apple silicone made on the 3 nm architecture. However, this may not happen as a fresh report suggests. According to the new info, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Co.) is facing several issues with the production of these chips. These issues will threaten the delay the project. For those unaware, TSMC is a big-time partner for Apple in the recent Apple A-series of processors.
According to engineers familiar with the matter, the new 3 nm chips will not be available in time for the iPhone 14 series. Despite this, TSMC will start the manufacturing of 3 nm chips way before its competitors in the chipset market. One time that the 3 nm chipset won’t be ready for the iPhone 14 series, we may see Apple sticking with the Apple A15 Bionic for another round. The brand may pick a different name, probably sticking with the newly released Apple M1 nomenclature. We may see an Apple A15 Pro or even Apple A15 Max in the next year.
Using the same chipset, however, does not mean that there won’t be improvements. Apple may tweak the performance and efficiency of these chipsets, but we expect incremental upgrades and not something that will revolutionize the industry.
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According to recent reports, Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung will be switching to the 4 nm fabrication process until the end of the year. MediaTek will source its chipsets from TSMC, while Qualcomm will use Samsung’s 4nm fabrication process. MediaTek is expected to unveil its Dimensity 2000 chipset made on the 4 nm node. For the first time in years, the company will be launching a chipset that sits on the same territory as the upcoming 4 nm-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 and Samsung Exynos 2200.
Apple iPhone 14 series to bring significant changes in design and a new variant
Although the new hardware may not bring a massive boost in terms of performance, the same can’t be said when it comes to the design. According to recent rumors, Apple is preparing a major overhaul for the series within the upcoming iPhone 14 series. The new lineup will bring major design changes and will ditch the notch once and for all. The new devices will have punch-hole cutouts. Moreover, the entire lineup will have a 120 Hz refresh rate and will bring back the Touch ID. However, it’s not clear if the fingerprint authentication will return as an under-display scanner or side-mounted like on the iPad series.
The new iPhone 14 series will ditch the mini variant. Instead, we’ll have a new larger-sized variant dubbed iPhone 14 Max. Worth noting that Apple is reportedly preparing a new iPhone SE 3 contender for the market. The device will be the replacement for the mini variant and will launch before the iPhone 14 series.