Apple was the first to get this year’s 5nm A14 Bionic processor on iPhones. One of the most powerful chipsets that you can find in smartphones right now.
M1, which can be supported by the latest MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini, are all used with the same architecture. However the firm could simply move to a more efficient 4nm based chipset with ‘A16’ to make devices even better and more efficient.
As Apple every year launches a new processor for iPhones in the A-series, A16 may be in 2022 for next two years.
In a TrendForce report, Apple is the only customer of the TSMC currently having 5nm chipsets. And the research firm estimates that Apple will switch to 4nm technology using the A16 chipset by quoting ‘latest evidence.’
Qualcomm can follow and get a Snapdragon processor of 4nm from TSMC. 4nm, means more transistors, would mean increased efficiency and performance improvements.
Right now, Apple’s A14 Bionic contains up to 16 billion transistors.
Apple could switch to TSMC’s 5nm+ technology as for the next year’s chipset tipped ‘A15 Bionic.’ This will control the series iPhone 13.
Now the 5-nm processors of Apple, Huawei and Samsung have been introduced. As Apple’s wafer powered the 12-series iPhone, Huawei’s 5 nm Kirin 9000 has made its debut on Mate 40.
It is expected that the 5nm Exynos 1080 of Samsung will appear in the Galaxy S21 series in January of next year expectantly. By next month, Qualcomm could come up with the 5nm Series Snapdragon 800.