Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC may still be Apple's OEM chip maker next year, according to MacRumors, which will become the exclusive supplier of A13 chips for the 2019 iPhone model.
"As long as TSMC delivers new products in the frontier market every year and continues to perform well in terms of output, I think Apple will continue to choose TSMC OEMs in the next few years," Arete Research analyst Brett Simpson said in an interview.
TSMC has been a supplier of Apple's A-series chips since 2016 and has won all orders for the A10 Fusion chips for the iPhone 7 series, the iPhone 8 series and the A11 Bionic chips for the iPhone X. A number of reports show that TSMC is also the exclusive supplier of A12 chips used by iPhone in 2018.
It is widely believed that TSMC's products are superior to other chip manufacturers, including Samsung and Intel, so it would not be surprising if TSMC could get full orders for the A13 chip in 2019.
With the continuous improvement of technology, TSMC has been gradually reducing the size of the process for many years. The size of the process is: A10 Fusion is 16nmG A11 Bionic is 10nmm. this year's A12 is expected to be 7nm chip. A13 is likely to be a 7nm chip. (EUV), batch production using UV lithography is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019.
In addition, TSMC recently confirmed that it plans to invest $25 billion to mass-produce 5nm chips by 2020, so Apple is likely to continue to rely on the Taiwanese chip maker for the foreseeable future.