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

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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Tags: TSMC, A10


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24 weeks ago
Now everyone will have the good chip!!
Rating: 24 Votes
24 weeks ago

Who makes the chips in Apple devices is not something that keeps me up at night. If they work as Apple advertises then thumbs up, if not thumbs down. Simple.


You must be new here. We don't care if the products work the way Apple intends them to, we care about Apple not using Samsung, Google or Microsoft. Even more importantly, we don't care about ourselves as consumers. All we care about is how much money Apple makes so we can brag about it on various Internet forums.
Rating: 18 Votes
24 weeks ago

So 16nm to 10nm - some kind of power saving/ ability to push faster for given battery power?


lets them make it 60% thinner offering the same battery life ;)
Rating: 17 Votes
24 weeks ago
I thought Apple didn't like to put all their eggs in one basket.
Rating: 15 Votes
24 weeks ago
10nm is so very, very nano.
Rating: 14 Votes
24 weeks ago
Copying Apple has cost Samsung in more ways then one
Rating: 13 Votes
24 weeks ago

Excellent news. Looking forward to getting my iPhone 7 this year with one less piece of Samsung hardware inside.

You need to get out more.
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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.


The turning point will be when mobile chips are as powerful as desktop chips.
Rating: 13 Votes
24 weeks ago
Excellent news. Looking forward to getting my iPhone 7 this year with one less piece of Samsung hardware inside.
Rating: 13 Votes
24 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 12 Votes
24 weeks ago
Who makes the chips in Apple devices is not something that keeps me up at night. If they work as Apple advertises then thumbs up, if not thumbs down. Simple.
Rating: 9 Votes

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