iPhone 7 Processor to Be Manufactured Solely by TSMC [Updated]

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    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reached a deal with Apple to be the only manufacturer for the iPhone 7's processor, likely called the A10, reports The Electronic Times [Google Translate]. TSMC won over Apple largely because of its 10-nanometer manufacturing process. The chip will reportedly go into full production in June.

    While TSMC's 10-nanometer process is one reason the company was awarded with a deal over rival Samsung, another likely has to do with the company's more advanced device packaging techniques, which allow for better power performance and efficiency. However, at its conference call last month, TSMC said that it was hoping to ramp up 10nm production in 2017, with a slow start to production coming in the second half of 2016.

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    Mockup of iPhone 7 case showing flush rear camera and no antenna bands across rear


    Apple used both Samsung and TSMC to manufacture the chips for the iPhone 6s, which caused some controversy as early benchmarks indicated that TSMC's A9 chip outperformed Samsung's in battery life. Apple revealed that, according to its internal testing, the variance in performance was only 2 to 3 percent.

    The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to debut in September, and new details about the devices have been steadily dripping out. Last week, MacRumors shared some details on the phone's design, including that it would have a flush rear camera and a lack of antenna bands on its back. Other rumors indicate that the 7 Plus may feature a dual-lens camera system and that it may be waterproof and not have a headphone jack.

    Update: This article has been updated with information from TSMC's recent conference call, in which they stated that they hoped 10-nanometer production would ramp up in 2017 after getting a slow start in the second half of 2016.

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  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 6502a

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    and then TSMC starts making their own phones, copying everything Apple does.
     
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    I thought Apple didn't like to put all their eggs in one basket.
     
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    So 16nm to 10nm - some kind of power saving/ ability to push faster for given battery power?
     
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    Copying Apple has cost Samsung in more ways then one
     
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    Doesn't Apple partially or wholly own TSMC? This is just smart of Apple, because Apple had wanted to ditch Samsung for several years now, but couldn't because TSMC's manufacturing wasn't up to snuff when Apple first invested/purchased TSMC. Now that they are, this makes sense.
     
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    The word "by" means anytime before that and up to that time. The article is almost a year old, a couple of months in either direction would be expected. But I'm wondering what you're trying to dispute here, this isn't a "rumor" per se.
     
  10. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    In reality, it doesn't matter if it's Samsung or TSMC. But it's a good PR move nonetheless.
     
  11. bladerunner2000 macrumors 65816

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    Apple getting back at Samsung, clearly. Oh well. Samsung's got a big enough portfolio to make cash in other areas.
     
  12. GLS macrumors 6502

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    That's gotta hurt Samsung.

    Watch analysts spin this as a negative for Apple, however.
     
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    lets them make it 60% thinner offering the same battery life ;)
     
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    Good now we don't have to hear about all the whining about "my chip is better than yours" this year.
     
  17. Charles50 macrumors newbie

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    Apple should have done this a long time ago. Apple was pumping money into Samsung's chip fab, which helped them reduce production cost on ALL chips they make, including the chips they put into their own products.
     
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    By the end, means BEFORE the end, it's they're rumored to be already producing 10nm chips for months for some client. Who knows who? There is a decent chance it's Apple.
     
  19. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502

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    Okay, can someone tell me what's next?
    [ELI5] I mean we've reached to a 10nm chip stage, that would be even smaller perhaps 5nm in S model..
    What happens in iPhone 8? Singularity?
     
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    Excellent news. Looking forward to getting my iPhone 7 this year with one less piece of Samsung hardware inside.
     
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    So this is the turning point: finally mobile chips will be using more advanced manufacturing technology than desktop chips. Yes, I'm looking at you, Intel.
     
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    Yes, but if the other basket is Samsung, just don't put so many (no egg) if possible.
     
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    I'll have to pass on it and look forward to the 7S.
     
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    And I'd be all for this. :)
     
  25. C DM macrumors Nehalem

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    Because its chip will be manufactured by a different company?
     

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