iPhone 16 Pro Models Tipped to Offer On-Device AI Performance With A18 Pro Chipset


The iPhone 15 series was launched only about seven months ago, but, the iPhone 16 series is already one of the most anticipated phones of 2024. The lineup is said to include four models – iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max. Initial reports suggest that the Cupertino-based tech giant is preparing the A18 Pro processor for the upcoming iPhone lineup with a main focus on artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. Apple used the older A16 chip on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models, and the brand new A17 Pro chip on the Pro models.

According to a report by 9to5Mac, Jeff Pu of Haitong International Tech Research gave information about the A18 Pro processor in his research note. According to the analyst, Apple is planning changes to the A18 Pro chip for on-device artificial intelligence. The company is ramping up chip production earlier than usual.

“According to our supply chain investigation, we are seeing increased demand for Apple's A18, while its A17 Pro volumes have stagnated since February. We note that Apple's A18 Pro, the 6-GPU version, will have a larger die area (compared to the A17 Pro), which could be a trend for edge AI computing”, Pu wrote in his note. The larger die area indicates that the chip will be able to accommodate more transistors and specialized components. This The iPhone 16 Pro will lay the groundwork for more on-device AI capabilities in the lineup.

It is said that increasing the die area in a chip increases the risk of defects and design flaws. It can also affect energy efficiency and heat dissipation.

Apple is reportedly expected to take a different approach to its AI features this year. It may rely on cloud infrastructure in partnership with Google for some AI features while running other features entirely on the device.

The iPhone 16 lineup is expected to launch in the second half of this year with major changes and upgrades. The standard iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus are expected to feature the A18 SoC while the iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max may get the A18 Pro chip. The A18 Pro recently emerged on Geekbench 6 with 3,500 points in the single-core test and 8,200 points in the multi-core test.

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