A report from Digitimes claims that the launch of new iPads in March 2017 could be delayed due to 10nm yield issues that TSMC is facing.
Apple is reportedly planning on using A10X chipset based on the 10nm fabrication process on its upcoming new iPads. However, the yield issues that TSMC is facing with its 10nm process could force the company to delay the launch of the new iPads.
TSMC is not the only one struggling with 10nm fabrication process though. The report indicates that Samsung’s foundries are also struggling with fabricating 10nm chips.
TSMC reportedly will also manufacture Apple’s A11 chips for use in the iPhone 8 with volume production scheduled to kick off in the second quarter of 2017, the sources said.
Interestingly, if Apple does end up using the 10nm A10X chip inside its upcoming iPads, it would be the first time the company ended up using a newer mode on its A-series chips inside the iPad than on the iPhone. The A10X chip that will be used inside the upcoming iPads should be more powerful than the A10 chip Apple currently uses in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And since they will be based on the 10nm fabrication process, they should be more power efficient as well.
The report also states that TSMC has secured that majority of orders from Apple for its A11 chip that will be used inside the iPhone 8. The chip is expected to go into mass fabrication in the second half of the year.
Apple’s upcoming iPads are expected to sport powerful specs and come with a larger display. They will, however, continue to make use of IPS LCD displays, with the 2018 iPads slated to switch to OLED panels.