Leak: Apple plans for 2nm iPhone processors, Qualcomm working on 3nm, 4nm nodes for XR/VR headsets


Apple's iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are the only widely available smartphones that feature processors designed using the 3nm manufacturing process. Being smaller offers many advantages and allows manufacturers to package more components, adding more features while also making these processors more power efficient. The iPhone 15 Pro models, launched late last year, are capable of running AAA gaming titles with high-end graphics, which is currently not possible on Android smartphones with a 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with the same level of efficiency. Turns out, Apple isn't resting on its laurels just yet, as a new report indicates that it has started work on a 2nm processor design.

A report by Gamma0burst has revealed a confidential document with a ton of redacted information, suggesting that Apple has started work on designing its next 2nm SoCs. There's no word on when these will come to a device or even what devices they're being designed for, but considering that the current iPhones have some of the most power efficient mobile chipsets available, it's a good idea to There's a good chance that these may appear in future iPhone models. ,

According to the latest report, Apple will go with 3nm processors (likely called A18 and A18 Pro) for the upcoming iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max models, in keeping with last year's release strategy. We have already seen leaked benchmarks that show higher scores than the currently available models. The Apple iPhone 16 series and 16 Pro series are not expected to arrive until Q3 this year. According to a previous report from Phone Arena, TSMC is expected to start producing 2nm chips by 2025, so there's a good chance we could see these new processors with the iPhone 17 Pro and iPhone 17 Pro Max.

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The leaked documents also shed light on Qualcomm's ongoing efforts. This suggests that Qualcomm is working on 3nm and 4nm platforms for its Extended Reality (XR) and Virtual Reality (VR) SoCs, giving them an edge over Apple's Vision Pro and its M2 chips (5nm). Should be found.

However, this doesn't entirely mean that Qualcomm will be left another generation behind when Apple produces its own 2nm silicon. An earlier report from wccftech had mentioned that Qualcomm is actively looking at samples from Samsung and TSMC to formulate a strategy for its Snapdragon Gen 5 platform. The currently available Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor found in devices like the OnePlus 12 uses the 4nm process, while Qualcomm is expected to emphasize the 3nm process with the next Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 generation.

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