In the field of chips, Apple’s every move is attracting a lot of attention. Just recently, there were reports that Jeff Wilcox, the chief designer who is responsible for all the architecture design, signal integrity, and power integrity of the Mac system at Apple, announced his resignation from Apple. He is also the chief designer of the M1 chip. This is bad news for Apple, but there is also good news. According to the Taiwan Business Times, the latest news from the supply chain shows that Apple’s 2022 iPhone 14 will use Samsung’s 4nm process Qualcomm 5G modem chip X65. It will also use a radio frequency IC, with Apple’s A16 Bionic processor. However, there are reports that the company will unveil the iPhone 15 series with its own chips by 2023.
On the road to self-developed chips, Apple has been down-to-earth to eventually achieve 100% of its own products using self-developed chips. Although this year is boring, this goal is likely to be achieved in 2023. According to the report, the 2023 iPhone 15 will use self-developed chips for the first time. The 5G chips will use TSMC’s 5nm process, radiofrequency ICs will use TSMC’s 7nm process and the A17 Bionic processor will use TSMC’s 3nm process for mass production.
According to reports, Apple’s self-developed 5G chips and supporting RF ICs have been designed. The company will commence trial production and sample delivery in the near future. Estimates claim that field tests will be conducted with major telecom manufacturers in 2022. Then, the company can now decide its mass production need in 2023.
iPhone 15 Pro To House A Periscope Lens With 10x Zooming Capabilities
Although the iPhone 14 series will launch in about 9 months, there are already speculations of the iPhone 15 which will arrive in about 21 months. According to speculations, Apple iPhone 15 Pro will reportedly come with a periscope lens that supports 10x optical zoom. The rumor mill has been churning out speculations surrounding an upcoming iPhone with a periscope lens for about two years now. Back in 2020, Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the iPhone 13 would feature a periscope lens. However, that prediction never came to fruition. In 2021, Kuo declared that Apple will debut the periscope lens in the iPhone 15. Now, an interesting shred of information suggests that a periscope lens will be available in at least one of the upcoming iPhone 15 models.
For those who are unaware, a periscope lens alludes to a long telephoto setup that sits inside a phone’s camera module. It enhances a device’s overall zooming capability. In a new report by MacRumors, analyst Jeff Pu reiterated Kuo’s speculation. To recall, the iPhone 13 came with 3x zoom. The smartphone industry is no stranger to periscope lens. Android flagships have been featuring telephoto lenses for a long time. In fact, it is one of the most notable features of Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra.