The 2020 iPhone chip could wipe the floor with the A12 Bionic

The 2020 iPhone chip could wipe the floor with the A12 Bionic
Last September, Apple’s A12 Bionic became the first commercially-available processor in the world to be built on the new 7-nanometer manufacturing process. This same technique will be used later this year with the next-gen Apple A13 chip. But come 2020, DigiTimes states that Apple will switch to an even newer fabrication size.

According to the report, TSMC is on track to secure its first 5-nanometer chip orders from Apple next year. If true, the company’s 2020 iPhone lineup could receive a pretty impressive performance boost. After all, more advanced manufacturing processes allow for smaller gaps between transistors. This, in turn, improves efficiency and leaves space for more transistors if required, thus improving performance.

Today’s report didn’t detail any of Apple’s other plans for its 2020 iPhone series but previous information has suggested that these flagships will be the first to support 5G networks. Separately, recent rumors have pointed towards the removal of Apple’s controversial notch next year.

As claimed by a reliable tipster, the 2020 iPhone lineup could adopt hole-in-display technology rather than under-display implementations. If this is indeed the case, Apple’s future iPhones could resemble Samsung’s current-gen Galaxy S10 flagships from the front. 

Because Apple’s 2020 iPhones are still over one year away, it’s worth pointing out that any of these details could still change. Nevertheless, as the series eventually draws closer more concrete information should start surfacing.



1. Phonehex

Posts: 766; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

A distant One and half year away Qualcomm/Samsung/intel/XYZ could do the same. Stop the silly bias toward apple. Don't write stupid articles iPA.

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 626; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

According to you anything possibly 'positive' about Apple is being biased. I can't help the fact there's no news today about Samsung/Qualcomm's future chip plans. Would you prefer I just not earn a living and never write about Apple unless there's an equivalent story about a company you approve of? If you don't like Apple stories don't click on them. It's as SIMPLE as that.

5. Phonehex

Posts: 766; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Well , I am an XS Max and Galaxy S9 Plus user. Also typing this on my Macbook Pro. So there is no hate toward Apple from my side. What irks me is that every single bit of news on your site is spun around so differently when it comes to "Apple vs Others" . Every single small misstep by any other manufacturer gets trolling level headlines while even a piece of fluff like this article gets spun in a super positive way. There's a bias clearly. You know it as well as most users of this website. Cheers.

12. joshuaswingle

Posts: 626; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I'd like to think this article I wrote the other day wasn't spun around differently. I'm not going to comment on other writers but I like to think that if you go through my list of articles there Isn't anything that would be deemed biased towards one brand. This particular article wouldn't have been written any differently if it'd been about Samsung/Huawei/LG. Like you I own Galaxy & iPhone and enjoy the benefits of both but also recognise de negatives.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well it comes down to the proof is in the pudding. Let's see an iPhone do real multitasking and support split screen multitasking. Let's see Apple support AR headsets, and not just a single AR screen, but both eyes as well as an actual AR headset (and/or VR/MR). That is all the proof I need. Until then Apples SoCs are all fluff, and meaningless benchmarks.

6. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

hahaha! Good one!

8. Phonehex

Posts: 766; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

For all the non believers who don't think I own what i said. Here's proof before hand . Stop crying.

14. Vancetastic

Posts: 1540; Member since: May 17, 2017

I like the fact that you respond directly.

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 2186; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Here's an idea-find another site that covers phones and tech, and never come back to Phonearena. There, I solved your problem, no need to thank me.

24. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

10 Negative Apple articles on PA: Apple is doomed! Apple sucks! They charge too much! No innovation! Wallets are speaking! 1 Positive Apple article on PA: PA is biased! How much Apple pay you to write this article?!

28. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I seriously don't think there's anything wing with this article. No other manufacturer has mentioned anything about a 5nm chip. There's news about Apple going in for a new manufacturing process and you know what, PA reported it. That's it. I think we all have wasted our precious minutes commenting so negatively. And here I am, wasting my previous minutes too.

3. mclaren113

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

With the compromised iOS even if they put a jet engine it'll be useless!

4. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

2019 has just started and we already talkin about a chipset that'd be used in late 2020. Wonder why guys hate Phonearena.

16. joshuaswingle

Posts: 626; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Probably because we're the only website reporting this... Oh wait, we aren't the only ones

7. pogba

Posts: 112; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

2020....nah. I think the 2021 chips et will be lit. Wait... Maybe the 2022? Or even 2023? Oh no!! What about 2024? 3nm maybe... And then 2025, 2026. But it still won't hold a candle to the one 2027. Now you realise how stupid this article is.

17. joshuaswingle

Posts: 626; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Would you prefer we just not inform you about future plans then?

21. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Isn't this year's A-series SoC supposed to be made with TSMC's upgraded from 7nm FinFet to EUV process? Wouldn't be quite the same, just saying.

9. OneLove123

Posts: 1176; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Wait til 2030, phonearena. It's going to be fyah! Thrburar 3000 might be even better.

10. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

And Intel is now saying that next year Apple very likely will use their own ARM chips in Mac's.

18. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Probably the case for Macbook Air and similar devices that aren't expected to have impressive performance. There was talk of Apple switching to AMD for Macbook Pro processors for a while, because they're cheaper and offer better performance (good for the profit margin after all). Intel is falling behind badly.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31289; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Especially since it won’t have to do very much processor intensive stuff. iOS is pretty basic, and light.

25. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Those custom launchers and icons packs put a strain on the Snapdragons? "iOS is pretty basic, and light." Awesome.

13. shiv179

Posts: 176; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

...and watch how useless that A13 chip will become after installing newer versions of iOS #LagMaster3000

19. perry1234

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I think by 2020, all phones should be upgraded to the 5nm manufacturing process. There is no way that Apple will have a monopoly over this manufacturing process. So I am guessing that A-whatever will be the best chip then in synthetic benchmarks , but in real world usage there will not be any noticeable difference.

20. Ichimoku

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

The 2020 iPhone chip could wipe the floor with the A12 Bionic. I don't understand with the title. Sorry, dummy here..

23. OneLove123

Posts: 1176; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It means the chip will be alot faster than the A12.

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Where's the article about snapdragon 865?

30. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

But the question is: what will Apple DO with all of that "power" ? The iPhone is getting stale. They need to find something NEW to do with the phone. I like my iOS devices but the new features of other phones is making me want to look at those and sell my iPhone.

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