Report claims TSMC will be exclusive supplier of Apple’s next-gen A10 chip that will power 2016 iPhones and iPads

Apple A9

Apple just announced its new iPhone 6s and an iPad Pro powered by its latest A9 processor technology, but the Cupertino company is already hard at work on an A10. According to a new report, the chip will enter mass production with TSMC in March.

“Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be the exclusive supplier of Apple’s next-generation A10 processors with volume production to kick off starting March 2016,” reports DigiTimesciting Chinese-language paper Commercial Times.

TSMC is expected to use its own backend integrated fan-out (InFO) wafer-level packaging for the A10, which will be manufactured using the 16-nanometer FinFET process. It’s thought this is a similar manufacturing process that used to build the new A9 processor.

The A9 delivers a 70 percent increase in CPU performance over last year’s A8 processor, and a 90 percent increase in graphics performance. It also packs Apple’s new M9 motion coprocessor, which boasts a wide range of fitness tracking capabilities and enables always-on “Hey Siri.”

It’s unclear at this point what kind of improvements the A10 processor will bring, but we’ll find out more about it next fall when the chip makes its debut inside the iPhone 7.