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Leaker @URedditor claims to see the A16 chip 4nm processor labeled 5nm chip internally. Nonetheless, the leaker stresses that it won’t be the case for the upcoming A17 Bionic chip, which is reportedly based on TSMC’s 3nm process. 

@URedditor is one of the notable leakers, sharing a variety of info involving the iPhone 15 series, including the possible addition of an Action Button in the iPhone SE 4, the colors tested throughout the standard iPhone 15’s development stages, and the 6GB RAM of the iPhone 15 Pro models. The leaker is back with another interesting piece of information, albeit it points to the current chip used in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.

On Monday, the leaker claimed the A16 chip in the said models isn’t 4nm but 5nm. “An interesting tidbit about the A16 – looks like the whole ‘4nm’ thing was apparently a marketing gimmick, I’ve seen it labeled as a 5nm chip internally,” @URedditor shared.

If true, it will be a huge boost for the upcoming iPhone 15 models, which are expected to have a 3nm processor. According to the leaker earlier this month, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will indeed come with an A17 Bionic chip based on TSMC’s 3nm process. As per the account, the chip will have a core increase, resulting in 6 GPU cores. The current A16 Bionic chip has a 6-core CPU and 5-core GPU, meaning the A17 chip should have a 6-core CPU and 6-core GPU. The account also adds that the maximum clock speed of the chip will be better compared to A16. It notes that it could be pushed up to 3.70 GHz, which is a huge bump from the 3.46GHz of the A16.

An unverified claim on X made a claim weeks ago that the A17 Bionic chip in iPhone 15 Pro obtained 31% higher single-core performance compared to the current A16. According to the account, the single-core performance of the A17 chip hit 3269 points. Meanwhile, the chip’s multi-core performance reportedly reached 7666 points versus the 6173 points of A16, giving us a 24% increase. No other reports can verify the numbers as of now, but if @URedditor’s claims regarding the alleged 5nm A16 and 3nm A17 are true, such a huge increase in performance is not impossible.


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