Apple’s A16 chip said to stick to 5nm process; M2 will make leap to 3nm

According to the leaker known as “ShrimpApplePro” on Twitter reveals Apple’s chip plans for its upcoming A16 and M2 chips, as well as the “final” variant in the M1 family of chips.

Apple’s M2 chip is on track to launch this year

Hartley Charlton for MacRumors:

The A16 will reportedly be based on TSMC’s 5nm process, just like the A14, A15, and M1 chips. Previous reports have been unclear about whether the A16 will be fabricated with TSMC’s more advanced 4nm process, with an ambiguous report from DigiTimes claiming that Apple plans to use TSMC’s 4nm N4P process – but N4P is in fact an enhanced, third-generation version of the 5nm process. On the other hand, ShrimpApplePro said that the A16 will use TSMC’s N5P process. This suggests that the A16 may be less of a substantial upgrade than previously thought.

According to the information, the A16’s improvements will instead come from minor enhancements to the CPU, GPU, and memory. Mirroring a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, ShrimpApplePro said that the A16 will specifically feature LPDDR 5 memory. LPDDR 5 memory is up to one and a half times faster and up to 30 percent more power-efficient than the LPDDR 4X memory paired with the A15 chip in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.

The M2 chip will apparently be the first Apple chip to make the jump to TSMC’s 3nm process, skipping 4nm entirely. The M2 is believed to be Apple’s first custom ARMv9 processor.

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  1. Apple factory workers kicking out the windows to break free, iPhone sales falling and production orders being cut, unionization attempts being stopped by Apple henchmen in black SUVs, new Apple chips delay after delay, even worked in an Apple car employee leaving.
    It has been a good week for the Apple clickbait industry. All one has to do is pretend this isn’t a clickbait industry as well as forget all the mites the clickbait has been falsehoods.

  2. Those Apple factory workers should be a lot more grateful to have a decent job in Communist China. The alternative for them, in Communist China, is to be in a re-education camp, or to be a living donor of major organs to CCP leaders and party members, which is, kinda, well… absolutely fatal.

    Working in a clean factory with food, water, living quarters etc might be akin to modern day slavery, with Tim Cook regularly inspecting your pipeline and mounting it to check its effectiveness and tightness, but in Communist China, surely this is better than donating your heat, lungs, kidneys and liver in one go to the Dear Leaders in power.


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