The new M2 processor was announced this year, and it is expected to follow the design of the M1 processor, followed by the M2 Ultra, M2 Max, and even the M2 Ultra processor, and even the M3 processor that will be launched in the follow-up plan. The development of Apple Silicon processors will be expanded, but the refresh of A-series processors used in products such as the iPhone will gradually slow down.
According to a report by Bloomberg News reporter Mark Gurman, Apple previously announced that the iPhone 14 series expected to be launched this year will only use the new A16 processor in models such as the iPhone 14 Pro, while the standard iPhone 14 and other models will continue to be used in the iPhone last year. The A15 processor of the 13 series is not only related to Apple’s desire to increase the specification difference between products and the impact of TSMC’s production capacity, but also because Apple has put more resources on the research and development of Apple Silicon processors used in corresponding Mac models.
In Apple Watch products, Mark Gurman also pointed out that the S8 processor used in the Apple Watch Series 8 last year is actually almost the same as the S7 processor used in the Apple Watch Series 7 in 2021, while the S7 processor is the same as the 2020 S7 processor. There was also no significant difference in the performance of the S6 processor used in the Apple Watch Series 6.
Even in terms of processor performance comparison, Apple currently pays more attention to the performance comparison of processor products launched by competitors. The reason may be related to the low performance improvement of the current A-series processors. However, compared with Qualcomm and other manufacturers, the processors are still more efficient. , There is a considerable gap in battery life performance.
On the other hand, Apple is also developing its own 5G network communication chip, which may affect the development progress of A-series processors. In particular, it has been difficult to improve the design overheating problem, so that Apple still has to rely on Qualcomm to provide network communication chips. It is expected that Apple will replace Qualcomm’s products with its own research and development of networking communication chips.
At present, due to the success of the M1 processor, the new Mac series models have gained support from many users. At the same time, the performance has been greatly improved, and the battery life performance has also increased significantly compared with the previous Intel processors. Therefore, Apple plans to Expand the layout of Apple Silicon processors to reverse the development adversity of previous Mac models in the PC market.
Therefore, Apple may focus more R&D resources on Apple Silicon processors in the future. Compared with the A-series processors used in iPhone products, the development will be relatively slow, and there may even be more frequent use of the same processor in different products. It can also control costs under the current situation of shortages of many necessary components due to the impact of the epidemic.