Will the computer virus that attacked TSMC delay the 2018 Apple iPhone launch? (UPDATE)

Will the computer virus that attacked TSMC delay the 2018 Apple iPhone launch? (UPDATE)
TSMC is the company that manufacturers the Apple A11 Bionic chipset currently found inside the Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. It also is the company Apple is relying on for the A12 chipset that will power the three new 2018 iPhone models that will be introduced to the world next month. But TSMC had to put some of its factories off-line the other day after some of its computers were attacked by a virus.

With production of the A12 chips in high gear, this is obviously not a good time for TSMC's computers to be attacked (is there really any good time for this to occur?), especially since we are just weeks away from the launch of the new iPhone units. The company was able to prevent the virus from spreading, although some of its fabrication tools were impacted. The degree of damage varies for each factory and the results of a complete assessment won't be released until Monday. While TSMC has reopened some of the affected plants, others won't be humming again until tomorrow.

UPDATE: TSMC now says that 80% of its fabrication tools have been recovered with a full recovery expected by tomorrow, August 6th. The company did not mention how the virus will affect production of the A12 chipset for the 2018 iPhone models, but it will cost it 3% of its expected revenue for the current quarter.

This is the first time that production at TSMC has been affected by a computer virus, and its impact on the company and on the Apple iPhone is unclear. These assembly lines need to be prepped before running, so it is unknown when these lines will be running again at full speed. TSMC, like it was last year, is solely responsible for the SoCs powering the upcoming iPhone handsets. In the past, Apple has used chips produced by rival Samsung. It should be pointed out that Apple itself designs the component, and turns to a company with fabrication facilities like TSMC or Samsung.


At this point, it appears that no one knows the person or organization responsible for infecting TSMC's computers.

source: Bloomberg

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81 Comments

1. monkeyb

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

TSMC has already started sorting out these issues in their foundaries. The new phones might be limited in supply in some countries if any. I would also think there is going to be a lot of overtime that will go on to cover the damage as much as possible.

26. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Did you see this: 'It should be pointed out that Apple itself designs the component, and turns to a company with fabrication facilities TSMC like or Samsung.' (????) ROTFL Apple ''designs'' nothing but the shape of the SoC. Everything else depends on the tech innovations that TSMC or Samsung have. Of course TSMC is light years behind Samsung on the tech and security.

32. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 184; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

This is what Apple gets for using a sub-par chinese company like TSMC. If they were willing to pay a bit more to use the far superior Samsung instead, their schedule and quality would be guaranteed.

65. Phullofphil

Posts: 1726; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

The chips that came from TSMC are some of the best out there. They produce the chips with different methods and so far as I can tell are making the best chips out there right now. If you think Samsung is some company that is not a cheap company think again. They are a cost effective company just like the Chinese companies

67. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

You need to wake up from your dream! 20 years ago it was true that Chinese made stuff was inferior. Not anymore. Chinese make some top quality products now and the only reason most people are not aware of it is because they do not export them. But to think Chinese are making bad quality products as a general rule is a total illusion!

70. Chidoro

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

with a name like yours, you are bound to share something that provides utterly zero value to the reader. And there it was

53. c.m.s

Posts: 216; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Haha. Nothing but the shape?! Time for you do some reading up. The design is everything that seperates these SoC. According to you AMD does nothing but the shape of its CPU, same with nVidia, nothing but the shape its GPU. Designing is so easy... come on.

64. Phullofphil

Posts: 1726; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

They do a lot more than that. They handle how the chips function and well never mind just know you are saying stuff like a troll and your wrong

79. nodes

Posts: 1119; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

wake up man.

87. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

What did I just read? You said Apple only designed the "shape" of the chip? They do a bit more than that. They are an ARM licensee, so their chips are based on ARM design references, as are Samsung's. But Apple usually customizes how instructions are handled. They also use subsequent chips to offload certain function from the SoC to a separate chip. Internally this may help applications, but most side by side performance tests haven't shown any significant benefit.

47. tangbunna

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

is that A12 has infected virus in premature birth?

66. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

How dare you think like that. No, it will only slow down after a year. That way Apple doesn't have to send an update to your iPhone. Come on man. Chips are better than that these days.

71. Chidoro

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

what are you babbling about?

80. Phullofphil

Posts: 1726; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Could be a sabotage and espionage to get intellectual secreted and slow them down.

2. Jrod99

Posts: 673; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

The pieces of the puzzle is coming together. My money is ready. X plus edition heading my way.

27. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

If you don't have a money problem, why buy BS with cheap components?

48. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1403; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

It's his money not yours.

73. darkkjedii

Posts: 30488; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cause he wants it.

3. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The virus might be sent by Samsung and Qualcomm Lol.

11. ph00ny

Posts: 1946; Member since: May 26, 2011

Isn't Qualcomm using TSMC to fab their next gen soc?

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5555; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol why would Qualcomm? TSMC fabbed the most of Qualcomm's SoC until the 820 Rumor has it Qualcomm is switching back to TSMC for 7nm since Samsung's 7nm has been delayed over a year

28. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

LOL What 'rumor' are you talking, ignorant? It was Samsung that save Qualcomm from the overheating problem. No one can compare to Samsung on the tech.

4. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

TSMC need to stay off them porn sites.

10. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Hahaha.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5555; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

TSMC wanted to test Fornite on an early 855 prototype They were fouled by a fake Fornite site

18. kiko007

Posts: 7379; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Is it messed up that I find this a plausible scenario?

22. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

I only see you post in Cpu-Gpu article, and never see you in any other article.. Why is that? You seem to know and is very knowledgeable about Socs. Are you an Cpu-Gpu engineer. There was another guy like you whose name is TylerGranter and Tyrone Lanister..

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5555; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Na, I'm a civil engineer Would have liked to study cus/gpus, but from NZ, no cpus/gpus designed here But I'm still very interested in cpus/gpus

41. Papa_Ji

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

30. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Good joke. But seriously, Apple must learn that cheap, often means crap. And the ifans must learn that expensive , not always means best.

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