Apple launched the latest iteration of the iPhone — the iPhone 13 — less than two months ago, and we’re already receiving information about its successor. According to a new report from DigiTimes, the chip powering the new iPhone 14 will reportedly be based on a “4nm” process. The new iPhone 14 is rumored to feature a new Apple A16 Bionic chip under the hood, which could be made using a 4nm process. While the report claims that Apple will adopt TSMC’s 4nm process, a recent TSMC report refers to the process as “N4P.” The chipmaker describes it as a third major enhancement of its 5nm family.
Previous reports had claimed that the Cupertino-based giant would use 3nm architecture on its next Bionic SoC but, the new claim seems to go against it. Earlier, it was believed that Apple would use a 4nm process in the A15 Bionic SoC in iPhone 13. However, the company used an enhanced iteration of the 5nm process in its latest iPhone 13 family. If you don’t know, Cupertino adopted the 5nm process with its A14 Bionic SoC last year in the latest iPad Air and the iPhone 12 lineup.
A16 Bionic Will Use 4nm Process, Not 3nm
According to the report, Apple and its chipmaking partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) are looking to adopt a 4nm architecture for the new A16 Bionic. The chip will be powering the next-generation iPhone, which will launch next year. As said before, the A16 Bionic SoC was believed to use a 3nm process. But a recent report from The Information claimed that TSMC and Apple were facing technical challenges in producing the 3nm chip. This could possibly be a reason why the iPhone 14 will feature a 4nm process instead. However, Apple could debut the 3nm process in the iPhone 15 and next-gen Macs in the coming years.
iPhone 14 is still a little under a year away from its launch. But some rumors suggest that it will feature one of the most significant iPhone redesigns of the past several years. It may also adopt a hole-punch design and ditch its traditional notch. However, only time will tell what the iPhone maker does to the next-generation iPhone in terms of design.