The core component of a mobile phone is undoubtedly the CPU chip. In this regard, Apple’s A-series chips have maintained a large lead for many years. Compared with the top Snapdragon chips in the same year, they can basically maintain 2 in performance data. The A15 chip is the decisive factor that determines whether the iPhone 13 is still strong this year. It is reported that TSMC has already started to mass-produce the A15 chip for Apple. In order to ensure the supply, even its own A14 chip production capacity is required. Make way for this.
Due to the special circumstances this year, the lack of cores has spread to more and more industries. Some companies have to reduce production or even stop work because of this. The mobile phone industry is no exception. Apple doesn’t seem to have to worry about this, because this year TSMC’s first batch of 5nm+ production capacity has been eaten by Apple, and a small part of the production capacity has been allocated to other manufacturers, which means that in the field of high-end flagship mobile phones this year, Apple’s advantage will be further expand.
Sufficient supply of A15 chips is naturally a good thing for Apple, which is the basis for ensuring sufficient supply of iPhone 13, but it is not a good thing for Android manufacturers, because currently only TSMC can guarantee the mass production of 5nm+ process chips. But Apple has basically swallowed this piece for a long time, and other manufacturers are trying to get a little bit of TSMC’s first 5nm+ production capacity.
This also means that when the iPhone 13 has fully used the 5nm+ process A15 chip, the top flagships of friends and merchants for a period of time can only use the 5nm process Snapdragon 888 chip in large quantities. TSMC has a gap, which consolidates the iPhone 13’s lead in high-end flagship phones.
What technical improvements will the 5nm+ process make compared to 5nm, so that Apple will not hesitate to spend a lot of money to cover production capacity? We all know that 5nm chips consume a lot of power and are easy to heat up. It is a well-known fact that the Snapdragon 888 It was also dubbed Fire Dragon 888 by netizens to express dissatisfaction with the rapid heating of the device, and the A14 with the same specifications and technology also encountered the same problem.
The use of 120Hz high refresh screen (Pro version) on the iPhone 13 is already an arrow on the string. In addition to the high power consumption of 5G, the next-generation chips have to make improvements in this regard, and 5nm+ technology comes for this, with a slight improvement. On the basis of performance, the problem of excessive heating is mainly improved, and with the cooperation of the new generation of low-power OLED screens, the battery life of the iPhone 13 is believed to be improved to a certain extent than that of the 12.
Under the advantage of this trade-off, the advantage of the iPhone 13 will likely be converted into sales, which may also be the confidence of Apple’s decision to greatly increase the stocking of the iPhone 13.
I believe that many of you here should also be ready to get the iPhone 13.