An analyst says that Apple will produce the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus with a 3nm A17 processor and eight gigabytes of RAM.
Jeff Po, an analyst at Haitong International Securities in Hong Kong, says in an exclusive note that Apple will produce iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus with eight gigabytes of RAM and an A17 Bionic processor based on TSMC's N3E lithography. A copy of this note has been received by MacRumors.
Standard iPhone models have been equipped with 6 GB of RAM since the iPhone 13 was unveiled, and this statement also applies to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. Meanwhile, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are equipped with 8 GB of RAM.
This year, Apple used the A16 Bionic processor in the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, and the A17 Pro processor in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will probably use a modified version of the iPhone 15 Pro processor called A17 Bionic.
According to Jeff Poe, the A17 and A18 processors used in the iPhone 16 family will be based on N3E lithography (N3E is an improved version of TSMC's 3nm lithography). A17 Pro, which was introduced on Tuesday of this week, is the world's first three-nanometer processor. It is said that this processor uses N3B lithography.
N3B is the first version of TSMC's 3nm lithography and is the result of this company's collaboration with Apple. N3E will be a simpler lithography compared to N3B and will be available to other TSMC customers in addition to Apple.
The number of EUV layers and transistor density in N3E is lower than N3B, and this affects the power efficiency of the processor, but the production efficiency of N3E is much better, and this lithography is likely to eventually lead to powerful processors.
It is unclear how much the N3E-based CPU price will differ from the N3B. The price of this processor may directly affect the price of the iPhone 16 Pro and the price of the iPhone 16 Pro Max.