It is no secret that Apple will release a new iPhone with an A12 processor at this year's fall new product launch. However, it is now less than four months before the September launch. TSMC, the OEM A12 processor, has finally begun operating at full capacity to produce this 7nm chip.
Bloomberg today issued a document saying that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has begun mass production of the next generation of processors for the new iPhone. This chip is likely to be named A12. The A12 will use an advanced 7nm process, which is more advanced than the 10nm chip on the iPhone X. According to reports, the 7nm process will save 40% more power than 10nm, and the performance will increase by 20%. It will be reflected on the chip, which means smaller size, lower heat, and stronger performance.
Bloomberg said that Apple and TSMC are now refusing to comment on the rumors, but TSMC had already admitted that it had been trial producing 7nm chips as early as April of this year. Although they did not disclose who it was made at that time, considering that last year, the A11 processor was also Volume production began in May, and is the first 10nm processor of TSMC. This year's 7nm starter should also be Apple's A12.
It is worth mentioning that on the 10nm process, the release time of A11 is not earlier than that of Xiaolong 835, because the progress of TSMC and Samsung's 10nm process is almost the same. However, on the 7nm process, Apple and the TSMC camp have far surpassed the Qualcomm and Samsung camps, because another news today said that Samsung has not yet begun mass production of 7nm process, and until next year can be mass production.
Finally, Bloomberg reiterated that Apple will release three iPhones in September, one for the iPhone X, one for the big screen, and the last for the low-cost version of the LCD screen.