Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus A10 processor to to manufactured solely by TSMC Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, sorry Samsung.
The world’s most valuable company, again, Apple has reportedly opted the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the sole provider of next-generation processors for the iPhone 7, according to a report from South Korea’s The Electronic Times, which cited anonymous industry sources. The said, the agreement excludes the South Korean technology giant Samsung from its task to jointly develop processors for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus along with TSMC as it did with the iPhone 6S and 6S smartphones.
Apple is widely anticipated to use the next-generation A-series chipset, likely to be named A10 processor, in the forthcoming iPhone 7. Apple’s new A10 processor will be based on 10nm architecture and its production is said to begin sometime in June, per Reuters. The Cupertino-based technology titan is assumed to stick to its timeline in launching the new flagship iPhone devices some time in September.
The folks at Apple Insider reported that TSMC will take advantage of its InFO (integrated fan out) architecture for the Apple A10’s 10nm-based chipset, which reduces thickness and weight by filling up embedded chips on top of one another. That said, it will help Apple in making its iPhone 7 quite slimmer and lighter.
The South Korean electronics Samsung produced as much as 70 percent of the A9 chip for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, while TSM. Apple acknowledged the issue and said the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus’ performance varies about 2-3 percent between TSMC- and Samsung-made A9 chipsets.
Apple is expected to introduce its own wireless charging, waterproof build, dual-camera sensors setup and a bigger battery. The Cupertino-based technology giatn will stick to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants and it will not have a headphone jack. There are also speculations that a 4-inch iPhone 5se is expected to be launched some time in March. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to be launched in September.