Most launch-day Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus units said to come with Samsung-made A9 chips42
Samsung's 14nm chip-making technology is already proven, as Samsung was able to manufacture the Exynos 7420 - the chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S6 series - in large volumes with no apparent hiccups. TSMC, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be ready yet for mass-manufacturing SoCs using its new 16nm production lines.
According to the report, TSMC will not start mass production until the fourth quarter of the year, meaning that most of the launch-day iPhones will come with Samsung-made SoCs. We've previously heard that Samsung will manufacture most of the Apple A9 chips, with TSMC said to be tasked with about 30% of the Apple A9 orders. TSMC made all of the Apple A8 chips that power the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
The insider sources quoted by Digitimes also estimate that Apple will ship about 80 million of the new iPhones by the end of the year. That's definitely a lot of phones, but it turns out that the figure is lower than the estimates provided by a recent report from The Wall Street Journal.
Aside from the new Apple A9 chips, the upcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are also rumored to come with an improved cameras on both the front and the back, more RAM, as well pressure-sensing Force Touch displays. Apple is expected to launch the two new iPhones this September.