“TSMC is believed to be Apple’s sole supplier for manufacturing the A13 SoCs that will power the next generation iPhones”
Smartphone chipset manufacturer TSMC has reportedly begun the test production of Apple’s upcoming A13 SoC, which will power the upcoming 2019 iPhones. According to a Bloomberg report, the test production marks the final stage of the development of Apple’s next generation flagship processor before it enters mass production by end-May.
The new A13 chipset will replace the present A12 processor, which was the first to introduce the 7nm chipset fabrication standard to Apple devices. The A13 will reportedly be based on the 7nm+ fabrication standard, which will include enhanced ultraviolet lithography to pack in more transistors per chip, thereby increasing the overall power efficiency of the chipset, while improving performance. As with Apple processors every year, this should entail better, flagship-grade performance to the 2019 iPhones, while improving their overall battery life.
The 2019 iPhones are largely expected to retain a similar design language, barring the rear camera makeover. While the less expensive iPhone XR successor is slated to adopt the dual-camera design language, the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max successors will adopt a triple camera module, the design of which has attracted a fair share of criticism. The flagship iPhones of 2019 are expected to upgrade their camera abilities, and while that will come as welcome news to the Apple faithful, the ungainly camera bump is not something that may have universal appeal.
TSMC, meanwhile, has also moved on to developing its 5nm fabrication process, which Apple is believed to be employing in its iPhones by 2020 or 2021. The next generation of smartphone chipset development will see an even smaller die, while still improving performance and largely improving battery life on phones. With the upcoming 7nm+ A13 SoC, Apple is also expected to lend specific improvements, in order to improve imaging and AI performance in their devices. The new, 2019 iPhones are expected to release in September, at Apple’s annual hardware event.