The next high-end iPhone 15 models could benefit from the battery-saving A17 Bionic

The next high-end iPhone 15 models could benefit from the battery-saving A17 Bionic

Apple mentioned that its latest SoC the A16 Bionicwould improve 20% in energy savingsand the company might be aiming for the sky in battery saving when it launches the A17 Bionic next year. However, that may mean that this next-gen chipset wouldn’t offer a massive performance jump, which doesn’t matter to the mid-range iPhone customer, giving rivals like Qualcomm and MediaTek a chance to capitalize. on the opportunity.

When Apple placed orders with TSMC for the A17 Bionic, the focus was on power efficiency, not performance

TSMC recently held a ceremony announcing mass production of 3nm chips at its new Fab 18 factory located in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP). This center will probably be used for mass-produce the A17 Bionic in the second half of 2023, but there was an interesting metric surrounding the benefits of using 3nm technology. The new process will allow for up to 35% power savings compared to 4nm node (TSMC calls it an upgraded version of 5nm) and surprisingly little information was provided on the performance increase.

Even Bloomberg claims that according to company president Mark Liu, the new 3nm process will bring 35% energy efficiency, but no one has talked about performance gains. That’s not to say the A17 Bionic won’t see performance improvements over the A16 Bionic, but there might not be major differences to the point that Apple includes it in its slide. marketing when announcing the iPhone 15 series.

Apple’s slide on the A16 Bionic does not compare it to the A15 Bionic when it comes to CPU performance

If you noticed, for a while, and again this year, Apple didn’t directly compare the A16 Bionic to the A15 Bionic, or the A14 Bionic for that matter. Its slide was compared to the A13 Bionic, indicating that the company is unable to achieve comparable performance stats to include in its keynote. The reason for this is simple: Apple has lost a ton of chip talent to competitors, resulting in massive brain drain. L’A15 Bionic didn’t have enough CPU performance gains over the A14 Bionic for this same reason.

A16 Bionic info

Even here, no performance comparison was mentioned by Apple when highlighting the specs of the A16 Bionic.

The A17 Bionic could follow the same path if that’s what Apple has planned for it. Again, just because TSMC’s all-new 3nm process delivers 35% power savings doesn’t mean the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra will immediately reap those benefits. Apple will be free to use the improved transistor density of 3nm, which may also mean a performance adjustment while sacrificing some battery life. However, Apple would have little reason to go down this path since the A16 Bionic remains the fastest mobile SoC at present.

However, since the A17 Bionic could potentially offer greater power efficiency, Apple could use this advantage to incorporate features it had to remove from the A16 Bionicas the support of ray tracing, which could not be added due to unacceptable power consumption, among other flaws. Whatever Apple decides, we can’t wait to see the A17 Bionic in action.