iPhone 15 Pro’s Next-Gen 3nm Chip Is Expected To Drive Upgrade Demand

Apple is set to announce the iPhone 15 Pro later this year and a new report claims that the upgraded chip that it will use is likely to be enough to drive demand for the phone.

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are tipped to use A17 chips, the first from Apple that will be based on chipmaker TSMC’s new 3nm manufacturing process.

With that in mind, it’s thought that the technology will enable specific upgrades to the new iPhones. As a result, demand is expected to be high, according to a report by DigiTimes.

TSMC’s N3E (3nm enhanced) technology will enable significant specification upgrades in the upcoming iPhone series, the sources said. Suppliers involved in the iPhone supply chain anticipate replacement demand for the 2023 models.

While the move to a 3nm manufacturing process doesn’t inherently mean that the chips produced will be faster, there are benefits that could allow that to be the case. A smaller manufacturing process allows for better heat management and lower power requirements, two things that can allow companies like Apple to push their chips harder without having an effect on battery life.

If this report is correct then it appears that Apple is expected to use the faster chips to afford improved features — features that are unlikely to come to the non-Pro models that are expected to use this year’s A16 Bionic.

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