Starting in April, Apple supplier TSMC will ramp up production of the 5nm-based A14 chips for the iPhone 12, reports DigiTimes citing industry sources.
This surge in production is not surprising as Apple typically ramps up the production of iPhone components between April to May. This schedule is necessary for the company to launch its new iPhone 12 in the fall.
TSMC has been the sole supplier for Apple A-series processors beginning with the 16nm A10 chip in 2016. Over the years TSMC has invested in its manufacturing processes and remains the primary supplier for Apple’s mobile processors.
The manufacturer last year spent $25 billion in 5nm node technology so it could produce Apple’s A14 chipset.
iPhone 12 Rumors
Apple is expected to unveil four models of the iPhone 12 this fall. The handsets may ship with a new Time of Flight 3D camera sensor and integrated 5G, a feature that was desired but was not present in the iPhone 11.
The iPhone 12 lineup may include a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch model, claims noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to recent rumors, Apple is almost ready to debut a lower-end iPhone to replace the iPhone 8 in the company’s lineup. The new SE 2, or iPhone 9, as some suggest, will include the A13 processor and retail for an affordable $399 price tag.