According to a new report, Apple has started mass production of its next generation iPhone processor called the A12 chipset. Apple manufacturing partner TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing) had long announced the production of a 7-nanometer FinFET processor, but it wasn’t confirmed until now that it was in fact working on the new Apple processor.
Based on the same report from Bloomberg, Apple’s next generation A12 chipset will feature a 7-nanometer design. The A11 Bionic chips, used in the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are 10-nanometer processors. There are two key benefits to the smaller design. It will help the new iPhones to perform better with heavy applications, while also increasing their battery efficiency.
Besides Apple, Samsung has also announced its plan on manufacturing 7-nanometer chipsets. How close they will be to ones developed by TSMC, remains to be seen. Samsung describes its chipsets as 7-nm Low Power Plus (7LPP) and the first semiconductor process technology to use an extreme ultraviolet lithography solution. Samsung will mostly introduce the chipsets in its flagship smartphones next year.
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Apple on the other hand is expected to launch three new iPhones in September. That line-up includes two OLED display variants that are possibly going to be successors of the iPhone X. Rumors claim the phones to carry a 5.8-inch display and a 6.5-inch display, with the latter being dubbed as the iPhone X Plus. Apple also seems to be working on a low-end model, which is expected to feature a 6.1-inch LCD screen.