Apple A16 chipset 15% faster CPU with new LPDDR5 RAM support: The upcoming iPhone 14 series is expected to be divided into two camps – the Pro models will get the new Apple A16 chipset, better cameras, and a different screen setup. The vanilla models will stick with the current A15 chip, 12MP cameras, and a notched display.
The current iPhone 13 series already exhibits a small division in terms of performance – the vanilla phones have 4-core GPUs, and the Pros have 5-core GPUs. Also, the vanilla models have 4GB of RAM, while the Pros get 6GB (both LPDDR4X).
The iPhone 14 and 14 Max are expected to get the 5-core GPU version of the A15 chipset, plus more RAM – 6GB of LPDDR4X – so they will have an advantage over the current models.
But how fast will the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max be? Macworld attempts to tackle this question. The first thing to note is that the new A16 chips will be fabbed on TSMC’s N4P node, an iterative improvement over the N5P node used for the A15, but not a full generational jump.
The new A16 chip is expected to be larger – 18-20 billion transistors, up from 15 billion. The company might also see some improvement by switching over to ARMv9. ARM managed to deliver some gains with the Cortex-A715 and X3 cores,
Apple A16 Chipset could be 15% CPU and 30% GPU faster than the A15 Bionic
Apple A16 Bionic chipset will be faster than the A15 Bionic chip. But how fast? Well, experts have predicted 15% CPU fastness and up to 30% GPU faster than its predecessor. The Apple A16 Chipset will be powering the forthcoming iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the non-pro models of the iPhone 14 series (iPhone 14 and 14 Max) will use last year’s chip- A15 Bionic. While only the iPhone 14 Pro variants will be getting the all-new powerful Apple A16 Bionic chipset.
Moreover, the A16 Bionic chipset is expected to upgrade from the LPDDR4X to LPDDR5 which delivers 50% more bandwidth. Thus, the 6GB RAM iPhone 14 Pro will be faster than the 6GB RAM iPhone 13 Pro. Another advantage of the LPDDR5 is that it consumes less power.
But will the Apple A16 Bionic chip be built on a 3nm process? The answer is No. Instead, the A16 chip will be fabricated on the N4P node which is an enhanced version of TSMC’s 5nm platform. Apple will continue to employ the 2+4 CPU architecture for the A16 Bionic chip. However, the good part is that it could be up to 15% faster than the A15 bionic.
In terms of the GPU, the A16 Bionic will also make a significant improvement. While it may retain 5-cores or could step up to 6-cores, the expectation is about a 25%-30% GPU increase in performance in comparison to its predecessor.
These are all predictions by experts in the industry. Apple will be launching the iPhone 14 series by Fall, where all relevant information will be confirmed by the tech company itself.