iPhone 15 Pro leak shows how powerful A17 Bionic will be (report)

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We’ve just got the clearest view yet on the chipset that will be powering the iPhone 15 Pro, and to paraphrase Steve Jobs, it’s a screamer.

But even though this leak from Unknownz21 on X shows that a lot of the physical specifications will remain the same as last year’s chip, there are some key differences that make me confident we’re looking at the fastest smartphone chip on the planet.

More powerful, but also not?

M3 and A17 Bionic chip

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We already know some key details about A17 Bionic, such as it being the world’s first phone chip to be built using TSMC’s 3nm process. However, this is the first proper look we’ve had at the specs of this chip.

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ChipA17 BionicA16 BionicQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Clock speed3.70GHz3.46GHz3.2 to 3.36GHz
CPU cores668
GPU cores/GPU66Qualcomm Adreno 730
Chip manufacturing process3nm4nm4nm

Given the fact Apple has made all the transistors and cores smaller on this chip, it feels a little odd that the company is sticking with the same core count as last year’s chip. But the increased clock speed will see the iPhone 15 Pro speed up nicely. 

This leak also reveals that we’ll see A17 in the standard iPhone 16 next year too. One thing we’re a little concerned about is whether the increased manufacturing costs will contribute to a potential price increase.


So why am I so confident this will be a faster, more performant phone than Android phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 — a chipset with more cores? It all comes down to that 3.7GHz speed, and the fact that Apple seems to be a wizard when it comes to extracting every drip of power potential from its silicon.

Not only that, but the 3nm process essentially guarantees better efficiency, with is further bolstered by the rumors of increased battery capacity. We’ll know for sure when Apple’s September event rolls around.

Jason England
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Jason brought a decade of tech and gaming journalism experience to his role as a writer at Laptop Mag, and he is now the Managing Editor of Computing at Tom's Guide. He takes a particular interest in writing articles and creating videos about laptops, headphones and games. He has previously written for Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus. In his spare time, you'll find Jason looking for good dogs to pet or thinking about eating pizza if he isn't already.