Early this morning, the industry chain exposed the latest chip A16 used in the iPhone 14.
Unlike the rumors, the latest 16 chip does not use the 3nm process, but the latest 4nm technology. At present, Apple has booked all the production capacity of TSMC’s 3nm process, but it is not for the A16. Maybe the iPhone 15 in 2023 will be. Directly use 3nm chips.
TSMC said that the 3nm process is too complicated, so the progress is not ideal. The original plan was to deliver it to customers in the second half of 2022, so that it can catch up with the A16 and supply the iPhone 14.
But because it is too complicated, it is not expected to be delivered to customers until early 2023. TSMC said that this is responsible for customers, and it must be verified with the first customer before it can be shipped and delivered in real batches.
The iPhone 14 cannot be delivered until 2023, so obviously the A16 chip on this iPhone 14 cannot use the 3nm process of TSMC.
In other words, the next generation of iPhone products may continue to use the 5nm process. This will result in the iPhone’s processor staying on the same chip manufacturing process for three consecutive years, including next year, for the first time in its history.
However, TSMC has also made another preparation for the A16 chip, that is, it has launched the N4P process. Compared with N4, this process is an enhanced version of 4nm from the outside world, but it is actually an improved version of the 5nm process.
However, compared with TSMC’s N5 (5nm), the N4P process has a slightly smaller transistor density, and the area is 6% smaller than that of the n5. In terms of performance, compared with the original N5 (5nm) process, the performance can be improved by 11%.
Is this a remedy for TSMC? After all, Apple is TSMC’s largest customer. If Apple runs away and goes to Samsung, TSMC will lose a lot.
Next, it depends on whether Samsung can produce 3nm and deliver it before TSMC, and whether it can catch up with the release of the iPhone 14, then Samsung still has a great chance. After all, Samsung has also snatched Apple’s 14nm chip orders from TSMC before.
Of course, there is no more accurate official information about these news for the time being, and it remains to be seen how the actual situation will be.
In addition, it is worth mentioning that Mingmei Infinite has recently revealed that the parameters, appearance and other information of the iPhone 14 have been gradually exposed. Although it is still 10 months away from its release, the iPhone 14 has indeed changed the most in recent years. The latest generation of iPhone has satiated the appetite of users, and Liu Haiping is finally no longer used!
So, today, Mingmei Unlimited will show you the latest exposure of Apple’s iPhone 14, for everyone to satisfy their cravings!
1. The bangs disappear
At least one innovation in the iPhone 14 seems set: the notch at the top of the screen (notch) that many hate will disappear in 2022. Like companies like Samsung or Xiaomi, Apple can do it by integrating the front-facing camera only as an inconspicuous little hole in the Display (the pill screen), with face unlock hidden beneath the screen.
2. Fingerprint unlocking returns
By the way, the fingerprint unlock function (touchID) previously revealed on the iPhone 13 series phones is expected to be supported on the iPhone 14. It was previously revealed that the iPhone 13 series of mobile phones will support both touchID and Face ID functions, but it was not realized in the end. In many cases, the touchID function is still more practical than the Face ID function, such as when wearing a mask to unlock the iPhone.
3. Telephoto lens upgrade
Apple may bring a “foldable” telephoto lens to the iPhone 14 models in 2022. This new technology allows the iPhone 14 to take 10x blur-free photos and supports a 48MP sensor and 8K video recording.
4. High-end models are expected to use titanium alloy casings
After the arrival of the 5G era, mobile phones have to be equipped with large batteries and antennas, so the weight of flagship mobile phones is generally more than 200g. Many consumers have complained that the phone is too heavy and their wrists are sore when playing in bed. In order to change this status quo, Apple will focus on titanium alloys. The advantage of titanium alloy is that the density is much lower than other commonly used metals under the same strength. Now that Apple uses it on mobile phones, it will undoubtedly greatly increase the durability of mobile phones and reduce the weight of mobile phones. However, this material also has some disadvantages. Fingerprints are left on the surface of titanium alloys, leaving unsightly marks on the phone. Titanium’s hardness also makes it difficult to etch, which makes adding designs more difficult. Apple has been working on how to overcome both of these problems. Recent patent filings suggest that Apple is considering using a thin oxide coating on metal surfaces, which could significantly reduce fingerprints on phones. The company also outlines various sandblasting, etching and chemical processes that can give titanium casings a high gloss finish for a more attractive appearance. This is undoubtedly a big improvement.
5. The maximum storage can reach 2T
The maximum storage capacity of the iPhone 13 series has doubled compared to the previous generation iPhone 12, and the optional maximum capacity of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max has reached 1TB. But this does not mean that the next-generation iPhone 14 series will definitely maintain the existing storage specifications. It is rumored that next year, Apple will fully switch to QLC NAND storage chips, which means that the storage space of the iPhone will be doubled to 2TB.
Due to the increasing demand for multimedia storage capacity, the current iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models require at least 256GB of capacity to shoot 30fps, 4K video, and this trend will become more and more obvious in the future, which will lead to iPhone More storage space is required for high-definition video capture.
Although the source did not mention which iPhone model the 2TB storage capacity will apply to, it is estimated that it will be used for the Pro and Pro Max series, and the non-“Pro” iPhone 14 model will provide a maximum of 1TB storage space, so Make sure the price is “close to the people”.
6. The back camera bump will disappear
Rumors have it that the back of the iPhone 14 will be completely flush, with no camera bump at all. This looks great, for example, the iPhone will no longer wobble on the table when you type text. Even with thicker iPhones, a flush-mounted camera is still quite a challenge. Still, just as Jony Ive described the first prominent iPhone camera as a pragmatic rather than a design choice, Apple may have been looking to flatten the camera panel again if possible. This is very much for the fruit fans to look forward to!
Finally, with the release of the iPhone 13 series of mobile phones, there will be more and more news about the future iPhone 14. Although there is still nearly a year before the release of the iPhone 14, there are rumors that the appearance of the iPhone 14 series will be redesigned, we will wait and see.
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