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iPhone chip for upcoming models enters mass production

by Justin Herrick | May 23, 2018May 23, 2018 6:00 am PST

Your next iPhone is one step closer to being completed. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is already mass producing the processor that’ll be found in the iPhone models set to be announced and released later this year, according to Bloomberg.

The report reveals that Apple’s longtime manufacturing partner finished development on the next-generation chip with no delays expected during production.

Apple is believed to be launching the A12 alongside three new iPhone models this fall. The chip, which will succeed the A11 Bionic found in the iPhone X and iPhone 8, should be based on 7nm design. Aside from being smaller and faster, the A12 should help extend battery life.

The clock is ticking to release a product with a 7nm-based chip. Samsung, who also utilizes custom processors, is working on the advanced technology as well. This summer, the Galaxy Note 9 could beat Apple to the market. Both companies are also racing against Qualcomm and Huawei to be first.

Based on everything we know, it seems that two of the new iPhone models will have custom OLED displays like the iPhone X. The third model, meanwhile, will switch to an LCD display to keep costs down. All of them should have the A12 chip, though, as Apple typically keeps the processor consistent across all high-end products.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...