The A17 Bionic can be made with a 3 nm chip

Apple made an unexpected and controversial move when it announced the very expensive iPhone 14 and 14 Plus basic models with last year’s 5 nm hardware, not that the Apple A15 Bionic would be weak. The A16 Bionic on the other hand, with TSMC’s 4 nm node, it is definitely stronger and, according to Apple, more economical, which unfortunately can only be used by the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

The continuation of the iPhone 14 Pro, switching to a 3 nm band width, can be a source of strength [+]

The duality may remain next year, in fact: there may be a triple distribution with the inclusion of TSMC’s 3 nm nodes, writes the Nikkei Asia. The first-generation N3 node can be used by iPads coming next year for the first time from Cupertino, while it Apple M3 and A17 Bionic chips can use the more advanced N3P node a little later, drawing additional performance and consumption benefits. You can guess who will draw the shorter one: it is iPhone 15 and 15 Plus it is said to remain at 4 square meters, and next year it will already be planting a year-old A16.

The Apple 15 and 15 Plus can be expensive: they can get one-year hardware next year as well (source: Apple) [+]

All of this leads to the conclusion that Apple wants to see a bigger gap between its simply expensive and ultra-premium high-end devices, both in terms of hardware and camera. Part of the reason for this may be that the chip design costs increase from hardware generation to hardware generation, and changing from 5 to 3 nm can already represent a 30% increase in the design table, and of course the production costs are not low either.

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