Apple TV’s A15 chip would have fewer cores

To the surprise of many, the 3rd generation Apple TV 4K contains an A15 chip, the same one that powers the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14. Well, the same… not quite! According to the TV Info app used by the site Flat screens HDit turns out that the system-on-chip of the streaming box integrates a CPU with five cores instead of six on smartphones.

To equip the Apple TV, the manufacturer apparently used the “falls” of the A15 chip, a practice known as “chip binning”. There is nothing wrong with that, it optimizes production and avoids losses, and also lowers the bill. Apple did the same for the MacBook Air M1, whose GPU has 7 or 8 cores depending on the configuration.

Apple has created a single Apple M1 for all of its Macs, even the basic MacBook Air

Apple has created a single Apple M1 for all of its Macs, even the basic MacBook Air

The site also suspects a smaller graphics core in the Apple TV GPU: there would only be four instead of five in the A15 on the iPhone 14 (and iPhone 13 Pro). Even without these hearts and without a fan, the new Apple TV remains a performance monster, bringing it closer to the home consoles of the old generation (alas, the games are not included).

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