Recent iPhone 13 leaks have been controversial and with Apple confirming supply will be limited there are growing fears about scalpers hiking prices. But the good news is we now know more about a radical new iPhone Apple is working on.
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A new report from DigiTimes reveals that Apple is working on a potentially game-changing upgrade for next year’s iPhone 14 — and it could make the iPhone’s already class-leading performance almost uncatchable.
“TSMC is on track to move its 3nm process technology to volume production in the second half of 2022 for Apple’s devices,” states DigiTimes, with both iPhones and Macs tipped to get the new chips.
This is a radical development. Every time a chip manufacturing process shrinks, the chips become smaller, faster and more efficient. When TSMC moved the iPhone 12 to 5nm from the iPhone 11’s 7nm, it resulted in a 15% performance gain coupled with a 30% power saving (source). With the 5nm iPhone 12 chip already leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, a jump to 3nm could open a chasm — especially with earlier reports claiming TSMC will be at maximum capacity for 3nm chip production, therefore limiting the ability of rival chipsets to compete.
New Apple iPhone chips already look set to leave the iPhone 12’s A14 chipset far behind
And performance won’t be the iPhone 14’s only ace card. Early leaks claim all iPhone 14 models will have 120Hz ProMotion displays along with in-display Touch ID and a cheaper new ‘iPhone 14 Max’ model. Apple also looks set to escape the production restrictions the company recently admitted will impact 2021 iPhone production which should reduce the instances of exploitative third-party prices.
The iPhone 13 range still has a lot going for it, including all-new cameras, improved 5G, a smaller notch, upgraded WiFi and better battery life but the design of the new phones is incremental at best and some predict the new models will have iPhone 12S branding to signify this.
So upgrade now or wait? The decision is over to you…
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