Tuesday, Mar 29, 2022, 16:19 iOS: Hardware

iPhone 14 Test Production Begins – A16 In 4nm Production Process, No Periscope Camera

As per the usual schedule, Apple is set to present us with another new iPhone generation this fall. With the launch of the iPhone 14, the iPhone mini will become history: Apple will replace the smallest iPhone with the new iPhone 14 Max (a non-Pro "Max" variant) – which will possess a larger display than the iPhone 14. The Pro models should come with a better wide angle camera with a 48 megapixel sensor, whilst the infamous "notch" should be replaced by two slots on the top edge of the display.

Analyst Jeff Pu from Haitong International Securities indicates that the upcoming iPhone has now entered the technical testing and validation phase. This means a small series of devices are undergoing production under similar conditions as later on in the release process, along with being subjected to a number of function tests and electromagnetic tests.

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A16 In 4nm Production Process
As per Pu, the next iPhone generation should mark the arrival of Apple's next A-chip – the A16. The future chip's manufacturer, Apple production partner TSMC, will manufacture the A16 in the 4nm production process. However, the size of the DIEs will still increase. It's currently unknown for what reason the A16 will come with more transistors than previous A-chip generations. The iPhone 14 and 14 Max will still use the same chips as Apple's iPhone 13 and 13 SE, which both used the A15. This could be because TSMC's production capacity in the new 4nm production process is still too low.

Similar Prices
According to the analyst, Apple will barely change anything at all with respects to price for the upcoming iPhone – and if so, changes should only be minimal. The models should cost, more or less, the same as their predecessors. However, it's still unclear exactly how much Cupertino will charge for the new iPhone 14 Max – as up until now (or not too far off in the future), such a model has never existed.

Periscope Camera Not Until iPhone 15
Over the last year, there were a number of reports claiming that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would receive a 5x optical zoom, periscope camera. Pu just recently issued a contradiction to these predictions and states that the Pro variations should come with a 48-megapixel sensor without optical zoom. That being said, a 5x optical zoom, periscope camera in 2023 with the iPhone 15 Pro variants isn't necessarily unlikely.

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