Apple would struggle to keep up with the pace of development for its chips

It’s the not necessarily nice little music that rumors have been telling us for several months: only the Pro range of the iPhone 14 would be entitled to a brand new A16 system-on-chip. The two standard models would be “satisfied”, so to speak, with an A15 chip. Not that the engine of the iPhone 13 is particularly unworthy, especially since the A15 of the iPhone 14 and 14 Max would have one more graphics core.

iPhone 14, the point on the rumors of a very segmented range

But it would in any case be a first, Apple having been keen to offer its annual and main range of iPhones the same chip, regardless of the positioning of the smartphones relative to each other.

Johny Srouji, vice president of hardware technologies.

Added to this is the announced absence of new features for the Apple Watch Series 8 chip: the system-in-package S8 should thus be identical to the S7 which itself was quite similar to the S6 of 2020. And there is also this thwarted development of the 5G modem: it will not be able to integrate into the iPhone in 2023, according to Ming- Chi Kuo.

The question therefore deserves to be asked: is there something stuck on the side of the chip development lab at Apple? The manufacturer would have concentrated a good part of its resources and its teams on the design of chips for Macs, according to the hypothesis raised by Mark Gurman in his newsletter. Since the specialists and engineers supervised by Johny Srouji cannot multiply to infinity, it is therefore the Mac that would have had priority.

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It’s true that the Mac needed a serious boost to regain favor with the many weary and worried users of years of speed bump anemic from Intel. Gurman also talks about a lot of departures within the group in charge of chips, at a higher level than you usually see. Of the burn out and particularly high demands in this group at the ” military rigor would have had deleterious effects.

To avoid going too far in the direction of the gun, Apple would also have decided to play the consolidation card: this is how we find Mac chips in the iPad (and probably in the future reality headset mixed) or an Apple Watch chip in the HomePod.

In addition, Apple must deal with the current shortage of electronic components which increases manufacturing costs. And the company must also rely on a partner, TSMC, whose pace does not necessarily match the release schedule for Apple products.

Engraving in 3 nm then 2 nm: TSMC's future progress that will benefit Apple

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