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Apple Could be Using TSMC’s New 7-Nanometer Processors in 2018 iPhone

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According to a report from MyDrivers, via AppleInsider, based on sources in Apple’s supply chain, Apple could be about to use TSMC’s new 7-nanometer chips in its 2018 iPhone line-up.

The new process is currently undergoing a trial period at TSMC, but the company then expects to begin manufacturing the 7-nanometer chips in a major way between Q4 2017 and Q1 2018.

This timing would work perfectly for Apple, giving it plenty of time to use the technology in its 2018 iPhone range. The source also says that TSMC will be the only manufacturer to be contracted to make the 7-nanometer chips for Apple.

The report also mentioned that Apple might even be using the new technology for its A11 chip, which will be featured in the 2017 iPhone range, but this would seem to be unlikely considering the timing involved and the fact that Apple usually prefers to launch new iPhones in September.

It’s therefore much more likely that the A11 chip will use TSMC’s 10-nanometer process, which is due to be available in the first quarter of 2017.

Source: Apple's 2018 iPhone could use TSMC-made 7nm processors - report
 
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