A mistake in the development of the A16 Bionic may have led Apple to release a less efficient chip for the iPhone 14 Pro. This could be a sign of problems in Apple’s chip group.
According to AppleInsider, although it comes with one of the most powerful chips on a smartphone, the iPhone 14 Pro could be better off if the chip development didn’t have problems related to disturbances within Apple’s chipmaking team. . This could lead to the A16 Bionic having a significant change in development, as some anonymous sources said.
The report says that Apple has planned a big leap for the A16 Bionic, with early prototypes having delivered more power than the company expected based on software simulations. However, high power levels can affect battery life and cause the device to overheat. Since this discovery was made late, the A16 Bionic had to be designed with the GPU used in the A15 Bionic.
Ian Cutress, the principal analyst at semiconductor analytics firm More Than Moore, said that Apple chips are still beating market expectations in terms of performance, but that this is slowing. It makes more sense when looking at the departure of many employees in the chip production team at the company.
It is known that the A16 Bionic was originally expected to bring Ray Tracing capabilities to the iPhone software. As a result, benchmarks show the new chip’s performance only a modest increase rather than a huge leap.
In addition, Apple also released the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus with the A15 Bionic chip, not the A16 Bionic. The fact that the Bionic is not too different from the A15 Bionic can explain Apple’s decision to reuse the chip.