The next generation 3nm mobile processor node will soon be moved to volume production, said representatives of the Taiwanese foundry TSMC, but its enhanced N3E version won’t be in phone chipsets before Apple rolls in the iPhone 15 Pro models, reports local publication Digitimes.
Ditto for the world’s largest phone chipset maker MediaTek which will only issue 3nm processors made by TSMC towards the tail end of 2023, so that leaves only Apple as a large customer for TSMC’s “enhanced” 3nm mobile chipset production node, likely for the eventual A17 processor.
Apple iPhone 15 specs to expect
- 3nm Apple A17 processor
- 48MP main camera
- 12MP ultrawide camera with 1.4 micron pixels
- Punch hole OLED display
Thus, the first major phones with the brand new 3nm processors are expected to be the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max with its brand spanking new periscope cameras, major differentiators that may push them quite a bit ahead of the 2023 pack, and not only among iPhones.
Since the iPhone 15 Pro will have a smaller display with less pixels for the graphics subsystem to push, however, its benchmarks could overshadow an iPhone 15 Pro Max with the same A17 processor, eventually making it the most powerful phone of 2023.