TSMC Begins Production of A11 Processor After Initial Manufacturing Issues Resolved

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has commenced production of Apple's A11 processor, according to a new report by DigiTimes. The chip is expected to power the company's redesigned OLED "iPhone 8", scheduled to launch in the fall.

    TSMC is the sole supplier of A11 chips, which could also make their way into the upgraded "S" cycle models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and potentially upcoming iPad refreshes this year, too.


    TSMC originally aimed to start producing the chip in April with a view to completing 50 million units by July, but production was delayed because of issues in the 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process. However, those problems have now been solved, according to today's report.
    Apart from faster A11 processors, all three rumored iPhone models may include glass bodies and wireless charging (though rumors disagree on this point). It is unclear if the two LCD models will feature the same edge-to-edge display rumored for the higher-end device and what other features will be included.

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that production issues could result in a "severe" shortage of Apple's upcoming "tenth anniversary" OLED iPhone in the months following its rumored September launch, but other sources claim production is on schedule.

    TSMC was also the sole maker of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which helped lead the chip maker to revenue growth towards the end of 2016.

    Article Link: TSMC Begins Production of A11 Processor After Initial Manufacturing Issues Resolved
  2. Sirious, May 11, 2017
    Last edited: May 11, 2017

    Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I secretly wished that A10 and iOS 10 made it onto the 10th anniversary iPhones - all 10's.
  3. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
    Someone please stick one of these in a bezel-less, razor thin iPad. And, oh, keep the battery life the same.

    Then you'll have my money.
  4. Sunny1990, May 11, 2017
    Last edited: May 11, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    A10 Chip & iOS10 was interduced with iPhone 7 last year, Apple has already begin production of A11 chip for iPhone 8. Sorry Your wish will never come true
  5. Avieshek, May 11, 2017
    Last edited: May 11, 2017

    Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    Time to be excited.
    --- Post Merged, May 11, 2017 ---
    It's actually 12nm scale fabrication in reality. So, the dream lives with A12.
  6. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    Utter domination in chip performance. Yet, Apple is not innovating.

    Schiller must be banging his head on a wall.
  7. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Stock tip: now is a great time to invest in TSMC.

    Share price currently $35.41 and I reckon it should be up to $50 within 18 months.
  8. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    "What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?"

    "Put it up to eleven."

    "Eleven. Exactly. One faster."
  9. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    It's an absurd state of affairs isn't it? The very basis of differentiation for iOS devices going forward is going to be integration of iOS with Apple's developed-in-house chips (Tx,Wx,Ax, etc) but the tech "journalists" can't seem to get over the fact that Apple hasn't stuck a ****ing speaker in people's house within a few months Amazon/Google doing it.

    What a world. :rolleyes:
  10. Critycal macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2016
    Based on what? Public information which is already processed in the stock price?
  11. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Based on roadmap and being sole manufacturer for what should be Apple's biggest selling iPhone ever - promise :D

    With these things you never know, and you have to try and buy at the best time in the year. I bought TSMC when it was around $19-20. It went up nicely, then went down a bit, but has steadily climbed ever since. It's just a very solid pick for me as long as Apple continue to use them in this capacity.

    If it goes sub-$30 I'd jump back in. Just my opinion.
  12. MacFan23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    It's weird how much people relate appearances to innovation as well. Apple could make a huge leap in hardware and performance, but if it looked similar to the current iPhone it'd get criticised.
  13. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
    I think he, and all of us already know that.
  14. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Don't forget about the code iPhone 10,1! The 3G ruined everything!
  15. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Tell me about it.

    Aside from this, I'd say the Airpods were the most innovative product of last year yet they went under the radar without so much as a blip.

  16. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    This is one of the most concise—yet accurate—assessments I've seen around here. That being said, Siri really needs to get it's crap together. I expect that to happen in a few weeks.
  17. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    Seeing as they've been working with a team in Cambridge for the last 3 years on Siri, I expect a massive overhaul at WWDC as well.
  18. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Setting aside the criticisms and posturing for just a moment, Apple is all about an ecosystem. iPhone, AppleTV, and soon Apple Home (whatever). Incidentally watch, book, pad, car.

    Once Apple TV upgrades and Apple Home (whatever) is introduced, I wonder if this is the first volley into IoT on Apple's part?

    How much debris (locks, lights, thermostats, etc) can it speak with?
  19. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    Just a reminder, if Apple keeps raising the performance of their A-series chips like they have been for the past 3 generations, it means that the iPhone will have definitively faster CPUs than Intel Core M line.
  20. Rocketman macrumors 603


    1. Goal
    2. Achieved
    3. Surpassed
  21. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    Bummer. I was hoping the next Ipad 12.9 inch model would have the A11 chip. But if they're delayed in production, I'm betting they save all the chips for the next Iphone models. Hopefully I'm wrong.
  22. jasonklee macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    Or his ass. I prefer that imagery.
  23. ThaRuler macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2016
    I think the next chip will be called the B1 and not A11. Just a wild guess.
  24. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    And the next iMac will have that Intel j8 processor with EES5 RAM? :D
  25. redscull macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2010
    I'm not going to say you're wrong, but for me and I'm sure some others, the problem with new models looking similar is that I think the currrent model looks terrible. I disliked it on the first iteration with iPhone 6 and all subsequent iterations. So it's not so much a criticism of re-using the same model, it's a criticism of the model itself and the disappointment of being stuck with it is just salt in the wound.

    The 5S/SE is still the prettiest iPhone Apple has made. I wouldn't mind being stuck on that model (and in fact use an SE). Even the 5C was better looking, though certainly with a less serious flair.

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