While Apple seems to have taken a hit in the production and launch of the iPhone 9 due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it might be more cautious with the launch of the iPhone 12 series. The supplier for the A14 chipset is expected to start the mass production as soon as next month.
It is being reported that TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), which is the sole supplier of the A14 chipset, will start the mass production of Apple’s A14 chipset in April. The processing chipset that will be used in the iPhone 12 series will be built on TSMC’s 5nm EUV process, which is more power-efficient than the 7nm process, which is used in the A13 Bionic chipset.
The mass production of A series chipsets usually starts in April or May, which is four or five months ahead of the launch of new iPhones every year. So, the production seems to be right on schedule, and there doesn’t seem to be a delay to the COVID-19 virus outbreak throughout the globe.
Ever since 2016, when Apple ditched Samsung as its chipset manufacturing partner, TSMC has been the sole supplier of A-series chipsets for iPhones and iPads. And the Taiwanese chip manufacturing giant has been steadily bringing newer lithography processes for gains in processing power and power efficiency.
In 2016, it produced the A10 Fusion chipset for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus using the 16nm process. The next year, it jumped to the 10nm process to manufacture the A11 Bionic chipset for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.
In 2018, Apple ordered TSMC to make the 7nm A12 Bionic processors for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. Last year, A13 Bionic chipsets were made using the 7nm+ process for the iPhone 11 series. This year, Apple plans to launch four iPhone 12 models—5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones, and a 6.7-inch iPhone—with 5G support.[Source: DigiTimes]