iPhone 16 Tipped For An All-New A18 Chip, Skipping A17 Entirely

The iPhone 15 currently uses the A16 Bionic and the iPhone 15 Pro uses the A17 Pro, but when the iPhone 16 arrives next year it’ll skip the A17 and go all the way to the A18, according to a new report.

With the change of naming conventions with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro series of devices it was wondered what might happen when the iPhone 16 family of devices land next year. Now, a new report citing analyst Jeff Pu claims to have the answer.

That report by MacRumors is based on a research note from Hong Kong-based investment firm Haitong International Securities and it appears to suggest that Apple is going to reset the A-series chips next year.

The result will be the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus using A18 chips while the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will upgrade to the A18 Pro. All four chips will be based on TSMC’s next-gen 3nm manufacturing process whereas the A17 Pro was based on its first-gen system.

What all this will mean for the new iPhones remains to be seen, but it’s clear that Apple intends to continue to differentiate its devices based on the chips that they have inside.

The iPhone 15 Pro’s A17 Pro has a more capable GPU that allows for the best in mobile gaming, but it now seems unlikely that the iPhone 16 will benefit from that silicon. Moving forward, it appears those who want to play the best games will need to buy Pro iPhones.

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