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iPhone 7 A10 processor said to be TSMC exclusive

by Todd Haselton | February 11, 2016February 11, 2016 8:48 am PST

Apple’s next iPhone processor, presumably the A10 for the iPhone 7, will reportedly be manufactured by a single supplier. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, better known as TSMC, secured the business from Apple, according to a report from Digit on Thursday, which cited Chinese news outlet The Electronic Times.

Depending on the year and the iPhone model, TSMC has either owned the entire chip order or shared the responsibility of crafting the processors with Samsung. That happened with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and, in fact, there were early concerns that one of the chips provided better battery life than the other. Those were mostly debunked by Apple, but you can see where the concern starts to come into play. One consumer could potentially get a chip manufactured  elsewhere and, perhaps, it performs better.

Likewise, there’s always a supply concern. It seems plausible Apple chose TSMC and Samsung last year in an effort to make sure there were enough chips ready for its phones. Perhaps it has learned that TSMC is capable of doing so solo for the A10 bound for the iPhone 7.

The report backs an earlier one from October which also claimed TSMC will take 100 percent of the A10 chip order.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...