According to a new rumor, Apple has removed a GPU with ray tracing support from the A16 Bionic soc in the iPhone 14 Pro. The soc is the only new high-end soc for smartphones without support for the technology that can be used in games.
Apple discovered relatively shortly before release that the new GPU was drawing too much power and generating too much heat, writes The Information based on its own sources. As a result, the manufacturer had to replace the GPU at the last minute with a variant of the GPU from the A15 Bionic soc. It was clear since its release that the GPU offered little progress compared to predecessors.
The GPU should have supported ray tracing, among other things. That technique debuted in mobile socs with Samsung’s Exynos 2200 that is in the Galaxy S22. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and MediaTek Dimensity 9200 also have support for this. As a result, Apple is the only maker of socs for high-end phones that does not have the technology on board.
The anecdote should illustrate that Apple’s chip division has difficulty developing and releasing the many socs for Apple devices. Earlier this week it came out that a version of the Mac Pro with soc has been removed from the M1 architecture, despite Apple already hinting at the release of the device in a keynote. As a result, Apple missed its own deadline that the entire Mac lineup would be switched to Apple socks within two years. The most recent Mac Pro only has options with Intel processors, although a new Mac Studio desktop came out last year with M1 Max and M1 Ultra.
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