Yesterday, Apple announced that the fourth generation of Apple iPad Air It is the first ever consumer product to be powered by a 5nm chipset, the A14 Bionic. The latter will be manufactured by TSMC using a manufacturing precision of 5 nanometers.
This means that the number of transistors on the chip will reach 11.8 billion, nearly 40% more than the 8.5 billion that are inside the A13 Bionic processor. The more transistors inside a chip, the more powerful and energy efficient it is.
The A14 Bionic comes with an update to the chipset's 6-core CPU that includes two high-performance cores for complex tasks and four high-efficiency cores for overall performance. The net result is a 40% improvement in CPU performance compared to the previous iPad Air, which was powered by the A12 Bionic that comes with a manufacturing precision of up to seven nanometers.
This processor is equipped with 6.9 billion transistors. The A14 also includes Apple's latest quad-core GPU that delivers maximum performance while using the least amount of power possible. The new GPU provides iPad Air users with 30% faster graphics performance.
Apple states that with the new A14 Bionic processor, the new iPad Air will have graphics performance up to two times faster than the best-selling laptop in its price segment. This means the 4th generation iPad Air can handle complex games, 4K video editing, and more with all its might.
This will make a series phones iPhone 12The first devices to be powered by a chipset come with a 5nm manufacturing precision. The potential power savings is thought to be one reason Apple is comfortable cutting battery capacity on new phones despite having to support 5G connectivity.
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Increasing the number of transistors inside the processor is repeatable every year. So TSMC is expected to start producing 3nm processors next year. But it's still two to three years after that before we start talking about Apple using a 3nm chip to power its devices. For now, we can't help but sit back and enjoy the speed and power savings of our first 5nm chipset, the A14 Bionic.