Here's a friendly reminder that even though we've been hearing about them for months, the upcoming new entries in the iPhone line – the iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 – are still months away from launch. A new report from Chinese-language publication Economic Daily News says that production of the new A11 processor, which is said to power the upcoming devices, will be starting production soon.
The chip will be manufactured by Apple's regular chip partner, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and production will begin in April to accommodate for the devices' September launch. The new processor will be built on 10 nm FinFET technology, which is an upgrade over its predecessor, the A10 Fusion, which used a bulkier and more power-hungry 16 nm design.
TSMC is expected to produce more than 100 million A11 chips before the end of the year, which is slightly more than last year's production. Apart from that, however, production is on par with last year's schedule, meaning rumors of the iPhone 8 launching near the end of 2017, rather than together with the 7s pair, might actually be true, which would explain the lack of a significantly higher production this year.
While we don't yet know that much about this year's upcoming iPhone 8, a few things seem to be set in stone – the edge-to-edge display, the lack of a physical button on the front, and the addition of wireless charging being a few examples. If you're itching for more information about the device and its siblings, you can take a look at our rumor round-up, or maybe just see what we think Apple's newest flagship will look like.