- All iPhone 16 models will reportedly get the latest Apple A18 chipsets.
- Apple usually launches the baseline iPhones with a year-old processor and Pro models with the latest SoC.
- Next year, the company will launch the iPhone 16, 16 Plus with A18 Bionic, and iPhone 16 Pro, 16 Pro Max with A18 Pro.
The iPhone 16 series is still a while away from launch but the rumour mill is already churning over time. The latest report has revealed a massive deviation for the iPhone 16 series from the past launches. According to the popular Apple supply chain analyst Jeff Pu, Apple will no longer distinguish between the baseline and Pro models through processors. If the report is to be believed, Apple will launch all iPhone 16 series models with the latest A18 chipset. Let’s take a look at the latest iPhone 16 series leak.
All iPhone 16 Models Will Reportedly Come with A18-Branded Chipsets
According to the leading Apple supply chain analyst, Apple will deviate from the strategy of launching baseline iPhone models with older processors next year. Instead, Jeff Pu claims that all iPhone 16 series models will come with an A18 series processor in 2024. According to the report, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will feature a new A18 Bionic processor. On the other hand, the iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max will come with the A18 Pro SoC.
Notably, Apple changed the nomenclature of its silicon this year with the A17 Pro by removing Bionic from the name. Bear in mind that the iPhone 16 series launch is still a year away and Apple might change the marketing names for its processors. Pu suggests that Apple might stick to the A17 Bionic and A18 Pro naming system next year and not the A18 and A18 Pro. We will get to know more as we get closer to the launch date.
Additionally, Pu also predicts a significant upgrade for next year’s processors from Apple. The analyst believes that the A18 or A17 chipset will be fabricated using the second-generation 3nm chip process from TSMC called N3E. The new process is believed to be more efficient and affordable compared to the first-generation N3B 3nm process from TSMC. To jog your memory, the N3B process has been used in the A17 Pro chipset powering the iPhone 15 Pro models.
Pu has made these claims in a research note with Haitong International Securities this week. This particular note has been obtained by MacRumors. Pu has had an accurate track record when it comes to Apple leaks. He was the first to claim that iPhone 15 Pro models will feature 8GB RAM and the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be more expensive than its predecessor.