Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Pro models may spark “alternative demand” among owners of older iPhones, due to the significant improvements enabled by the A17 processor, which is Apple’s first iPhone chip based on TSMC’s first-generation 3nm process.

This is according to the suppliers involved in Apple’s iPhone supply chain. Quoting another DigiTimes Industry report:

Sources said that TSMC’s N3E (Enhanced 3nm) technology will enable significant specification upgrades in the upcoming iPhone series. Suppliers involved in the iPhone supply chain are anticipating demand for replacement models by 2023.

As we heard recently, Apple is widely expected to adopt TSMC’s 3nm technology this year for the A17 Bionic chip that will likely power the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models.

The first-generation 3nm process (also known as N3) is said to offer a 35% improvement in energy efficiency over TSMC’s 5nm N4-based manufacturing process, which was used to make the A16 Bionic chip for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The N3 technology will also provide significantly improved performance compared to current 5nm chips.

Reports indicate that Apple has bought 100% of initial orders for its first-generation 3nm technology, despite the high costs involved in manufacturing, suggesting that rival smartphone vendors such as Samsung are willing to wait for prices to drop while they wrestle with what is It is expected to be a bleak 2023 for the Android market amid global economic turmoil.

Apple’s faster A17 chips will be limited to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, while the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will adopt the A16 chip first used in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. TSMC is preparing to move the N3E – an improved version of the N3 – into commercial production in second half of this yearApple is again expected to be the first customer to adopt this process.

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The 2023 iPhone 15 Pro models are expected to feature a USB-C port instead of Lightning, solid volume and power buttons, new periscope camera technology, a tuned design, and more. For all the details, check out our roundup dedicated to the iPhone 15 Pro.

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