If nothing else, Apple's flagship phone this year will be equipped with TSMC-produced A12 chips. This chip adopts a 7nm process and is already very advanced in its current position. However, the latest news that Apple's next-generation A13 chip, or will use 7nm chip.
According to common sense, the smaller the mobile phone chip processing process, the smaller the core area will become, the overall performance will increase, and the power consumption will also decrease. Therefore, many enthusiasts pay more attention to the reduction of the chip process, and the A12 chip adopts the 7nm technology. Fortunately, A13 is still a 7nm process, and some fruit powders are not happy.
According to DigiTimes, quoted by TSMC CEO Wei Zhejia, the 5nm process needs to wait until the end of 2019 or early 2020 to achieve large-scale production, and trial production will start from the beginning of 2019.
Obviously, if Apple wants to ship in large quantities in September or October, the A13 processor will have to continue to use the 7nm process. TSMC CEO Wei Zhejia also said that the company is expected to invest 25 billion US dollars for 5nm technology production, there is no specific timetable.
Taken together, the 7nm technology standard chip can basically meet the needs of most users. If you want to use the 5nm chip for iPhone, you may want to wait patiently for 2 years.