Previously, it was reported that Apple had placed a large number of chip orders with TSMC at the beginning of last month, and the news also said that Apple would get priority supply rights for A15 chip orders in the third quarter of 2021 from TSMC, so as to strive to release the iPhone 13 series in September as scheduled in case of core shortage.
However, according to the latest report of foreign media, with the release of iPhone 13, the 6-core CPU will continue to be retained. However, the biggest difference is that A15 bionic will be manufactured on TSMC's n5p node.
Although A14 bionic is also mass-produced on TSMC's 5nm architecture, the upcoming node is expected to be an enhanced version, which may bring slight improvement in performance and power efficiency.
A15 bionic's CPU configuration may include two performance cores, with four energy-efficient cores, just like last year's. Considering which product the chipset will eventually appear in, Apple may aim at battery life, but the SOC is still expected to obtain higher single core and multi-core performance data than its competitors. The performance of snapdragon 895 has been leaked recently. Although it is defeated by A14 bionic, its performance is very close.
Apple will try to find this intricate balance, and it will have to be careful, because this year is the first time that the iPhone 13 pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max use a variable refresh rate display and 5g modem, both of which will greatly increase battery consumption.
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