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Jeff Pu of Hong Kong-based investment firm Haitong International Securities has made a claim in a recent report (via MacRumors) that Apple will be employing A18-branded chips in all iPhone 16 models next year. According to the analyst, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus should get the standard A18 chip, while the iPhone 16 Pro models will have the A18 Pro.

The analyst’s research note describes this year’s A17 Pro chip as “a transition design,” stressing that the A18 is expected on all models of the iPhone 18 series. However, Pu added that the chips will employ TSMC’s N3E, echoing previous reports that Apple will use a different chip manufacturing process to cut costs.

Despite that, Pu said that Apple will still make a distinguishing difference between the chips that will be used in the standard iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro models. As Pu shared with MacRumors, while all the phones will use the same A18 chip branding, the Pro models will utilize the A18 Pro variant.

The report is a reiteration of Pu’s earlier statement about the chips, including the use of TSMC’s N3E process in them. However, the analyst made a huge change in his report with today’s claim that Apple will use A18 in the entirety of its lineup next year.

In related news, Apple will reportedly introduce a bunch of changes in the iPhone 16 series by including new physical elements, such as a capacitive “Capture Button” and Action Button and three small cameras related to the Vision Pro. These details add to the current claims revolving around the iPhone 16 lineup, including the addition of a microlens display, Wi-Fi 7, and a super telephoto periscope camera.


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