iPhone 15’s A17 chip should focus on battery life over power: report
The iPhone 14 series launched earlier this year with its Pro models featuring the Apple A16 Bionic chip. Now, a recent report has suggested that the Cupertino company will equip the iPhone 15 Pro model with its new chipset – the Apple A17. Apple is believed to be emphasizing improved battery life with this chip, while its performance aspect takes a back seat. Apple will likely use Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) 3nm process to manufacture the Apple A17 chip.
A recent MySmartPrice report claims that the Apple A17 chip featured on the iPhone 15 series may tend toward better battery life. This speculation stems from rumors that TSMC’s 3nm process will result in chips with increased power and improved power efficiency.
TSMC President Mark Liu reportedly said that 3nm processing chips would provide better performance than 5nm processing chips, while requiring about 35% less power. Providing a vague statement for power, but giving a somewhat concrete figure for battery life could be taken as a hint of what we can expect from TSMC’s 3nm chips.
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models are expected to feature this 3nm Apple A17 chip. Meanwhile, the non-Pro variant might get the Apple A16 Bionic chipset. Additionally, the iPhone 15 series could also benefit from a boost in the RAM department. They may come with 8GB of RAM, instead of the 6GB memory offered on the iPhone 14 handsets.
Apple could also equip iPhone 15 smartphones with Sony’s advanced image sensor. This sensor should offer twice the saturation signal level in each pixel compared to a conventional sensor. It may also be able to capture increased light by reducing overexposure or underexposure in images.
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