TSMC Reportedly Priced Apple's A16 Bionic SoC 2.4 Times Higher Than Its Predecessor

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We all assumed Apple provided the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus with more chipsets to distinguish them apart from the more costly iPhone 14 Pro versions.

The A15 Bionic processor from the iPhone 13 series was reused inside the non-Pro iPhone 14 models this year, according to new information that Nikkei Asia has reported.

If this is the case, the business saved a tonne of money by bucking convention and using the older SoC in the non-Pro iPhone 14 models. According to Nikkei Asia, Apple paid TSMC $110 for each chip in the 4nm A16 Bionic.

The price rise is partially attributable to the A16 Bionic's lower production node, while the A17 Bionic, which is anticipated to power the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra versions next year, will be produced utilising TSMC's 3nm process node.

According to Nikkei Asia and Fomalhaut Solutions, production costs for all iPhone 14 models increased by 20%, despite Apple not raising prices in the United States for the 2022 iPhone phones.

The launching of the priciest and most costly iPhone to date may arise from the rumoured replacement of Apple's "Pro Max" model with the iPhone 15 Ultra.

Apple might use other factors in addition to screen size to distinguish between the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone Ultra.