We’ve heard numerous rumors and reports of the upcoming mobile phones from Apple, and updated our readers with Apple’s new plans for the upcoming iPhones this year which includes a trio of new alleged models of iPhones. New reports are emerging in the hardware branch of the upcoming iPhones which says that Apple’s supplier TSMC has started a massive production work on the processors of this year’s lineup of new iPhones.
The report emerged from Bloomberg’s article. The upcoming chip (Processor) is expected to be called the A12, and could be the first to use a 7 nano-meter process in a commercial device, something the technology industry has been working toward for years.
This 7nm technology refers to the density of transistors on a chip, though the precise specifications can differ between manufacturers. Using a smaller process allows for chips to be smaller, faster, and more efficient, and over time, it can lead to cost savings. Current leading processors on smartphones, like Apple’s A11 Bionic and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, are made with a 10nm process.
Another tech giant, Samsung announced today that it’ll be ready to start producing 7nm chips at scale next year. The company has manufactured iPhone chips in the past and shared production with TSMC on the A9 chip in the iPhone 6S, but TSMC has been Apple’s exclusive SoC partner ever since.
Apple is very much expected to launch three new iPhone models this fall: an update to the iPhone X, a Plus-sized variant, and a lower-priced device with a 6.1-inch LCD.