iPhone 16 users could enjoy a massive processor upgrade

Latest rumours suggest the next iPhone will have a much more powerful chip – but there is a catch

iPhone 15 Pro
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The iPhone 15 range was launched earlier this month. The new range brought with it a significant suite of upgrades, offering users greater options when making a purchase.

The dust has scarcely settled on that event, and already many are looking forward to the next iPhone. We've already heard rumours about the iPhone 16 sporting a new capacitive button, and now we've got more rumoured details about the chips which could power them.

That comes courtesy of MacRumors, who have sourced the information from Jeff Pu. Pu is an analyst who enjoys a tremendous reputation for this kind of leak, giving a good degree of credence to them, despite how early they've arrived.

According to the report, all four models in the iPhone 16 range will be upgraded to an A18 chip. That's most significant for the non-Pro variants, which look set to skip the A17 chip altogether.

According to Pu's information, all four models will utilise a 3nm processor. That was debuted on the iPhone 15 Pro Max this time out, and marks a significant upgrade in terms of power and efficiency.

However, in a bid to separate the two ranges, there will still be some differentiation. The Pro variants will utilise an A18 Pro chip, while the non-Pro variants will stick to the standard A18, according to the report. It's not yet clear what will differ between the two chips, though.

What is interesting is that all four models are said to use the N3E chip fabrication process. That's a newer way of manufacturing the processors than was used this time out, which is less expensive with a higher yield.

Of course, there is no guarantee that this will prove the case when the range gets unveiled. We're likely still the best part of a year away from that happening, which is as good as a century in the tech world. Plans can change, and designs which rumours are being based on now could look very different come the launch.

Still, it's an exciting prospect – particularly for the non-Pro variants. There, the benefits of the 3nm architecture will be felt strongly, having skipped over the first-generation chip. For now though, it could be worth taking with a pinch of salt.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.