iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus to get A18 Bionic SoC; iPhone 16 Pro models to get A18 Pro chip: report

  • The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus might come with a new A18 Bionic processor.
  • The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max are expected to feature an A18 Pro SoC.
  • The iPhone 16 series is expected to launch around the second half of 2024.

Apple is fresh from the launch of the iPhone 15 series, which included four models. The base iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus came with the A16 Bionic chipset from last year, while the Pro models came with the A17 Pro. Now, we are starting to hear rumours regarding the iPhone 16 series. According to the popular Apple supply chain analyst Jeff Pu, Apple will no longer use old chipsets for the baseline models.

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iPhone 16 series chipset details leaked

  • The latest report suggests that all iPhone 16 series models will come with the latest A18 chipset. 
  • This means Apple will no longer use the previous year’s chipset for base models.
  • Jeff Pu, in his research note with Haitong International Securities this week, claimed that the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus would feature a new A18 Bionic processor. While the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will come with the A18 Pro SoC.
  • Apple had finally let go of the Bionic nomenclature this year with the A17 Pro. 
  • Since the iPhone 16 series is still a year away, things might change at any juncture.
  • In addition to the naming structure, Pu also predicts that next year’s processor will bring significant upgrades.
  • The A18 chipset will be fabricated using the 2nd gen 3nm chipset process from TSMC called N3E.

The new processor is believed to be not only affordable but also more efficient compared to the first-generation N3B 3nm process. The N3B process has been used on the A17 Pro chipset that powers the iPhone 15 Pro models.

Jeff Pu has been pretty accurate when it comes to Apple leaks. He was the first to suggest the iPhone 15 Pro Max would be more expensive than the predecessor and that the Pro versions would have 8GB RAM.

Key Specs

Apple iPhone 16
Apple A17 Pro | 6 GBProcessor
6.1 inches (15.49 cm) Display
48 MP + 12 MPRear camera
12 MPSelfie camera
3561 mAh Battery
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Apple iPhone 16 Price, Launch Date
Expected Price:Rs. 79,990
Release Date:10-Sep-2024 (Expected)
Variant:6 GB RAM / 128 GB internal storage
Phone Status:Rumoured