According to Bloomberg, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has already begun manufacturing processors for new iPhone models.
According to Bloomberg, A12 systems with 7-nanometer architecture are faster, more efficient and take up less space than the 10-nanometer A11 Bionic. It should be also noted that the current Apple A11 Bionic is currently the fastest mobile processor and it looks like it will remain the same way until the Apple A12 debuts with the next iPhone or iPhones.
Only four months remain until the September launch of the new iPhone, so the information provided by the Bloomberg website is not particularly surprising. TSMC will probably be the only provider of processors for the new Apple smartphones, as was the case with the models from last year, i.e Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.
Apple is said to launch at least three new iPhone models this year including a regular iPhone X having a slightly changed screen, a larger iPhone X model, and a cheaper smaller version with most of the iPhone X features but with a cheaper LCD display.
Earlier in April TSMC announced that it has started mass-production of the 7-nanometer processor but it did not say if it was manufacturing them for the iPhone. It seems Apple would become the world’s first smartphone brand to use 7-nanometer processor design and I think they will brag about it a lot in their Keynote. Apparently, Qualcomm is also working a 7-nm chipset design but it does not seem like it will beat Apple to the market. I wonder where is Samsung in the 7nm design process.
It should also be remembered that all this year’s iPhones are supposed to be equipped with a TrueDepth camera and screens occupying the entire front panel without the Home button.