Next-gen iPhone A12 chips enter mass production

Next-gen iPhone A12 chips enter mass production
Apple has signed up with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing) to produce the next generation of chipsets that will go on to power the iPhone 9, Xs and Xs Plus this year. The silicon doesn't have an official name yet, but following Apple's naming scheme, it will likely be called the A12. It will be built on a 7-nanometer process and is expected to be the first of its kind to land in a smartphone when it launches on 2018 iPhone models this fall.

According to inside sources, cited by Bloomberg, the A12 chipset has just recently entered mass-production. The next generation silicon will be smaller than the current A11, which has an 11-nanometer design, but will be more powerful and energy efficient, providing better performance and longer battery life.

Back in April, TSMC announced that it was beginning mass-production of 7-nanometer chips, but the company didn't specify who the contractor was. According to Bloomberg's report, this was, indeed, Apple, which has propelled the chipmaker on the path to a record profit year.

There is a big chance that the 2018 iPhone lineup will beat the Note 9 when it comes to chipsets, unless Samsung's premium phablet ships with an 8-nanometer processor, which will be comparable to the A12 chip. But even then, Samsung has its cutting edge, ultra-violet lithography (EUV) tech, which is way more advanced than TSMC's exhausted optical approach to building chipsets.

This could mean that Apple may decide to go back to Samsung for an eventual A13, yet it's TSMC that will reap the A12 benefits this year.

source: Bloomberg

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30 Comments

1. salami1980

Posts: 77; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Does it support 5G ?????

2. DolmioMan

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Most likely providing Intel support it. Apple won't upgrade their Qualcomm modems until intel are comparable.

27. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2102; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Last I checked we are still on 4G...the new iPhones will be 5G ready along with the new iPads.

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 648; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I won’t upgrade this year unless there will be something ground breaking in the new iPhones. My iPhone X is so great that I believe it can carry me 3 maybe even 4 years unless Apple comes up with spectacular in the next years.

16. thxultra

Posts: 423; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The IphoneX has been solid for me also. I will get the new phone because I do Jump on Demand. That being said I can see a iphoneX being fine for at least 2 more years. Only major feature that is coming in the next few years will be 5g. Other then that I can't see anything that would make me really want to get a new phone.

30. Vokilam

Posts: 993; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Agreed, had the X for a short time, but it's a keeper.

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 406; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Will be handicapped by iOS 12 lol

5. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 648; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I think these times are over. IPhone X is so powerful and iOS12 will be an optimization version of iOS11 anyway.

7. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah, it's suppose to run smoothly now. Wait until the new iPhone is out and the X will eventually will become slower.

10. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Doubt it though iphone X would've been around for a year after the new one comes out lol my 7 didn't feel slow when 8 and X went out.

17. Chidoro

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

I wouldn't count on that.

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1497; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yeah considering how great iOS 11 runs on an 3 yr old A9 processor.

18. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Actullay iOS 12 doesn’t support Touchwiz Lol.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1677; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

7nm means great battery life.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1253; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not really, they will include a smaller battery.

11. Faster

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 22, 2018

It's nice for the regular android flagship user to have this window to the future and see what the qualcomm silicon will be able to achieve in 3-4 years time.

12. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Lol nice joke. I only care about gpu power nowadays and in that department Qualcomm smokes the competition

13. whatev

Posts: 2085; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Imagine thinking this, I have to laugh... It’s such a pitty that despite all those teraflops, android phones are not treated like iPhones when developing apps and phones as old as the iPhone 6 can outperform the latest and greatest from Qualcomm :(

14. mootu

Posts: 1334; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

15. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1131; Member since: May 01, 2017

Oooh my apps open half a second faster....

20. mootu

Posts: 1334; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And guess what?, they actually stay open and don't have to reload. Smashing ain't it.

19. whatev

Posts: 2085; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Are games on android optimized for the 1537729194 teraflops on those almighty transformer processors? I’ll wait for your basic reply

28. Marcwand3l

Posts: 381; Member since: May 08, 2017

>and phones as old as the iPhone 6 can outperform the latest and greatest from Qualcomm

29. whatev

Posts: 2085; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Did you read Gamebench articles and saw the comparison charts? I believe you don’t know what is graphics quality and experience steady 60 fps, I’m sure cause you don’t use iOS devices and your standards are lower, but I understand some people will never allow themselves to have the best out there just for ridiculous conspiracy theories, or psychological reasons or maybe money issues too :)

24. Valdomero

Posts: 592; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I have an iPhone 6 with 11.3, my only complain is the slow opening of apps and the FPS that 3/4 times won't open. The rest is ok.

26. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2102; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Can’t wait for this processor to release on the new iPhones... I can’t imagine 30-40% increase in performance on battery and CPU performsnce.

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