See how the world turns: while Intel, once an indestructible giant in the world of processors, has trouble regulating the production of 10-nanometer chips, other manufacturers are already reaching half of that and going beyond!
According to DigiTimes, a TSMC Apple partner that manufactures the “A” series chips, which equip all iPhones and iPads are on schedule to manufacture one of the first processors based on a 3 (three!) nanometer architecture. Probably, the chips will be the "A16", included in the iPhones and iPads of 2022.
According to the report, the manufacturer is already creating production lines and facilities for the manufacture of 3nm chips, with positive initial results; the report states that, in an extremely positive prospect, the processor "A15" (in 2021) could already be based on the 3nm architecture, but the more realistic expectation that the design will make its debut on the 2022 chips.
Apple's latest processor, the A13 Bionic, based on a 7nm architecture; all the rumors indicate that its successor, to be introduced in the “iPhones 12”, already reduces that number to 5nm. According to the DigiTimes, TSMC has the “A14” production line in full swing, but it is also already working on improvements in its own 5nm architecture, perhaps for a later “A14X”, who knows.
“IPhone 12” production
It is worth noting that the same DigiTimes also published an update on the production of "IPhones 12" in the last week, for those who do not remember, they stated that the mass production of the devices would start only between July and August, possibly causing a delay in the schedule of launches of Ma.
For in the most recent report, the website brought the most positive outlook: according to the sources, Apple will complete the second phase of validation and testing of the devices at the end of June, going into mass production in the following month.
Even so, it is worth noting, it is possible that the devices will not reach the market in September, as usual in a common scenario, Apple usually starts mass production of iPhones in early June.
We also don't know if all models will hit the market simultaneously: a few weeks ago, analyst Ming Chi-Kuo suggested that devices with 5G mmWave connectivity (the “iPhones 12 Pro”, probably) would be released a few weeks late, on account difficulties in production.
So let's see how it all works out in reality.