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The Apple A16 Bionic is a 64-bit ARM-based system on a chip (SoC), designed by Apple and fabricated by TSMC for the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. It was announced on September 7, 2022.[1]


The A16 is manufactured by TSMC to Apple's design specifications. The die contains nearly 16 billion transistors that are fabricated through a 4 nm process (N4). The 6-core CPU contains 4 high-performance cores that are faster than the ones in the Apple A15 while using 20% less power. The 5 GPU cores have 50% more memory bandwidth. The 16-core Neural Engine is capable of nearly 17 trillion operations per second. A new Display Engine supports always-on displays with refresh rates as low as 1 Hz, and the image signal processor supports Photonic Engine features.[1] The versions used in the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max each contain 6 GB of LPDDR5 RAM.[2]

Supply chain reports[]

The global chip shortage forced Apple to limit the inclusion of the A16 to "Pro" models of the iPhone 14 line.[3] Supply chain reports by analysts such as Ming-Chi Kuo had previously speculated that the A16 would be a modest upgrade over the Apple A15, produced on TSMC's same optimized 5 nm process (N5P).[4]

Products with the Apple A16[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Apple Event — September 7 by Apple, YouTube. 2022-09-07.
  2. iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro Models All Feature 6GB of RAM by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors. 2022-09-08.
  3. Another report corroborates that only iPhone 14 Pro models will get new A16 chip by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac. 2022-06-01.
  4. iPhone 14 Pro’s new A16 Bionic chip may not be a big upgrade over the A15 by Chris Smith, Boy Genius Report. 2022-05-30.

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