After the chips engraved in 10nm, then the chips engraved in 7nm, we could see the first smartphones landed with chips engraved in 5nm this year.
Indeed, according to new rumors, Apple is working with the Taiwanese founder TSMC to equip the successors of the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max with an A14 chip engraved in 5nm.
This is indicated by an article published this week by the Digitimes media, which relays another media (in Chinese), the Commercial Times.
In essence, according to these sources, TSMC should be Apple’s sole partner in manufacturing the A14 chips for its next iPhone. And production is expected to start by the end of the second quarter.
In addition, Apple would have reserved two thirds of the production capacity of chips engraved in 5nm of the founder.
But HiSilison, the Huawei unit that produces the processors for its smartphones, would also be interested in these chips engraved in 5nm.
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A gain in performance and autonomy for the next iPhone?
By switching from chips engraved in 7nm to those engraved in 5nm, Apple should be able to significantly improve performance on the next iPhone. But besides that, the A14 chip could also display better energy efficiency, which would translate into better autonomy.
But of course, since this information comes from an unofficial source, tweezers are still required.
As a reminder, this year, Apple should also equip its new iPhone with 5G modems, which could help the Cupertino company to boost its sales and become number one in 5G smartphones (overtaking the leader Samsung) after the release of these new iPhone.