While Apple might be looking to source iPhone 8 display panels from its closest rival in the business, Samsung, the tech giant will still turn to TSMC for the production of the flagship’s processor.
The Taiwanese firm is once again in charge of the production of the successor to last year’s A10 chipset, the A11. Apparently, reports coming from the Asian country claim that works on the processor are already underway and apparently, TSMC will be the only OEM in charge of the chipset’s production using the new 10nm process.
Speaking of the 10nm process, this is the same technology that has been used to make the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 processors that you find under the hood of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. So far, the Snapdragon 835 is considered to be the most powerful SoC on the market, but Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8895 has also shone in benchmarks.
Before the release of the Snapdragon 835, benchmarks have shown that Apple’s A10 chipset was actually the most powerful in the smartphone world. Given that the successor to this chipset is set to make use of the best processor manufacturing technology in the shape of 10nm, it’s obvious that the iPhone 8 will pick up from where the iPhone 7 Plus left off in terms of performance.
In addition to the iPhone 8, Apple is also expected to release upgraded iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models as part of the S series. Similarly, these models will also come with the new A11 chipset but stick to the 2016 models’ design. As usual, this chipset has been designed by Apple, with the role of TSMC only being to fabricate the components.
Other reports have suggested that the upcoming iPhone 8 will ship with a RAM of 3GB, same as the iPhone 7 Plus, however, none of these reports, including the latest A11 chipset developments, have been made official by the responsible parties.