The A11 chip which will power the next iPhone and iPad is now in production at TSMC

The A11 chip which will power the next iPhone and iPad is now in production at TSMC
We didn't really expect TSMC, one of the world's premium chip manufacturers, to give up when it has Apple orders on the line. So we're not surprised to learn that Taiwan's fabrication powerhouse has overcome its initial struggles and started producing the A11 chips meant to power the next iPhones and iPads. They will be made on a 10nm process.

There's almost nothing that we know about the A11 processor in advance. TSMC previously estimated that 10nm production tech alone could provide up to 20% performance gains and 40% less power consumption. So Apple's chip designers have a fine opportunity to take advantage of this and contribute their own improvements. TSMC is expected to manufacture as many as 100 million A11 chips by the end of this year.

Additionally, the company is taking 12nm chip production orders from Nvidia, MediaTek, Silicon Motion, and HiSilicon. While the market is likely to see plenty of 12nm phones as early as this year, 2018's flagship Android phones are expected to have 7nm processors. Samsung is reportedly developing its next Exynos chipset on a 7nm process, while Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset too will be made on a 7nm line.

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source: DigiTimes

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28 Comments

1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Going to be interesting to see what the yield's will be like.

2. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Dear Apple please this year your A11 i phone 8 should score 4000 points at single core at Geekbench 4 , 200000 at AnTuTu

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

All of that is definitely within reason considering the A series.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2547; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The A11 soc will totally blow our minds..

13. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

For 6 months. Then A11x will blow our minds.

5. whatev

Posts: 2269; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It will even surpass those scores for sure, just imagine the A11X, it will be nuclear (not ala note 7 of course)

28. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Why that talking about Note 7, with what propose? Provocation? Provoke the buyers of Samsung phones?

19. Nopers unregistered

Benchmarks don't really matter though, what matters is raw power and it will definitely deliver that. Would be nice if Apple cleaned up some of the animations namely the unlock animation which is unchanged since iOS 7, it should just pop in like 3D touch when you press the home button.

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2929; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Even RAW power doesn't matter, because that doesn't tell if the Phone as a whole would be able to make use of that. What matters is real life performance and endurance. Edit: It's a reply to no.19

20. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It will be a beast of a CPU. But you still hear people say Apple is 4 years behind. They're never late to that party.

4. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Apple's chips are some of the best in the industry. I wouldn't mind a new iPad with added power.

6. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

All that tech being wasted on a lackluster OS... Hopefully the 8 has some new tricks up it's silicon in order for me to shell out close to 1k...

8. mrochester

Posts: 999; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

iPhones run iOS, not Android.

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

You're kidding... You should be speaking a college commencement services with all that insight!!!

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2929; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Wth are even talking 'bout, bruh???

21. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It also run windows.

10. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

CONSIDER A11 PULLING A LIGTHWEIGHT OS ALWAYS WILL BE SCORING HIGH A11 IS A WASTE NOT TRULLY PROVE TO BE ENOUGH POWERFULL RUNNING JUST THE ON SCREEN APP

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

As opposed to running off-screen apps, as per Android./s I have no idea where any of you got your presumed software engineering degrees, but here's a tip: Consumers don't like bulls**t on their computing devices. Ever wonder why the single most popular smartphone in history runs an OS children can use? Because •spoilers• that's the UX people would rather have. Chinese manufacturers have been copying the model since day one. More popular manufacturers have also begun ditching novelties such as the app drawer in favor of a more cohesive user experience. This isn't rocket science gentlemen... people want solid software. Inb4 "But Android has more market share... why is that?" Simple: Android ASP- $175 Apple ASP- $690... :/ If you like Android... awesome. I like SOME things about it, but it's by no means an intuitive OS for non-nerds. If you've ever made software, you know how much harder it is to make the experience simpler. All the bells and whistles' in the world means jacks**t to a 59 years young exec with things to do.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

@kiko post #12 Friggen EPIC Post!!

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2929; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah....it's lit!!!

16. Macready

Posts: 1823; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

" Because •spoilers• that's the UX people would rather have" Because that's why it only accounts for around a fifth of the market and practically the rest (with a long term trend upwards) prefers Android, even in most developed countries. So spare use the " not everyone can or is willing to afford iOS" talks in an attempt to defend the above assumptions. It was easier to show my parents how their S2 tablet works than my dad's iPad from work. Food for thought.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

People don't "prefer" Android... they simply buy it without knowing in many cases. The majority of people don't even know what Android is, which version they have, and where they can get a similar experience within the same ecosystem. And harking back to your latter attempt to deny factual evidence: Apple's three top markets in terms of share- top 10 median incomes each. Android? Lower fifty... all three. There's no premise that can make you look better in this argument, the numbers agree with me. But whatever, continue to ignore an objective assessment based on experience and numerical values. I'm sure Android will be fine even with those numbers. If your parents' enjoy an S2, great. However, anecdotes don't change reality. The landscape of the platform has changed. OEMs are actually formulating a cohesive UIs now... Hallelujah!!!

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Most people dont know iPhones run IoS. Tbey vuy wbat thwy like and what works for them...on all levels. We get price choixe, size choice, reaokyrion choice and advancwd featyre pacmed or stripped to are minimum. No matter what tou all claims, iPhones are nkt the best and eithwr is ios. And getting haply about a new chip that does nothing special must really be exciting. The CPU gets faster every year, hiw is that exciting? I use to be excited for new Intel Pentium naxk in the day. But on mobile and on arm none of them are exciting. Phones dont push the envelope like pc's do. Apple has you brainwashed if a new cpu is mkre exciting than maybe Apple gonna have slow wirelwss charhing to vwt fast wirelwss next time, so you all buy it twice. While qe went wireless and fast wireless charbing in one model. But yoi excited a out a CPU...lol

22. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

'All the bells and whistles' in the world means jacks**t to a 59 years young exec with things to do.' Until Apple uses them.

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2929; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You never fail to light them kiko.....heads off from me! (It's a reply to no.12)

15. AlikMalix unregistered

@khyron post # 10 Dude benchmarks study chip and soc separately running the same exact thing on-screen and off-screen - Apple SoC kills everything.

11. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

Nice title grammar Luis D.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31060; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Implement some killer features, that put a chip that powerful to the test. Give us something big this year Apple. IOS is very good, but also very boring in some ways. Hook us up for a change.

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