Apple’s A12 chip, expected to be at the heart of the new iPhone XI and LCD iPhone 9 for 2018, is now in mass production, according to a new report today.
The A12 chipset is said to be faster, yet smaller than previous generation chips, with a 7-nanometer design from Taiwanese supplier TSMC, reports Bloomberg.
It’s the smaller package that allows this new chip to be more energy efficient versus the 10nm A11 Fusion chip found in the current iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
We saw a similar jump in speed and efficiency when moving from phones with 12nm to 10nm chips a little over a year ago (Samsung Galaxy S8 was the first). Plus, Apple can make more use of the space. Every nanometer counts in a smartphone.
What it says about the iPhone 2018 release date
You shouldn’t expect the next iPhone any sooner than September – the iPhone X’s A11 Fusion chipset also went into production in May of last year, notes 9to5mac.
What should you expect? The latest rumors point to an iPhone XI Plus, an iPhone XI, and an LCD-equipped cheaper iPhone X-equivalent, what we’re calling an iPhone 9. A new iPhone SE 2 may fit into the lineup, too.
We’re finding new iPhone 2018 names unpredictable following the iPhone X name that was a real wildcard. They’re completely up to the Apple team’s imagination.
On the other hand, the flow of leaks from production sources is staying decidedly predictable and out of Apple’s control, despite its best leak-thwarting efforts. We’re bound to have more.