TSMC Seemingly Chosen by Apple to Manufacture Chips for the Next iPhone
Apple's current A9 chipset may already be in use with its current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but plans are underway to manufacture what is possibly the A10 processor for the iPhone 7. In fact, words have been buzzing around since February that Apple had been convinced by chipmaker TSMC into making them the primary supplier of processors, all of which will be used in the next iPhone.
If those words are to be believed, then there's a good chance that TSMC has already beaten Samsung in the race to become the main supplier of the 10nm A10 chips. This loss may also mean that Samsung might have to take a hit in its chipset manufacturing business this year.
With that said, there is a possibility that Samsung's partnership with Qualcomm to manufacture its Snapdragon 820 may be able to offset a chunk of its losses, and that's not even including the VRAM chips that they will be producing for AMD's next-generation Radeon series graphics cards this year.
TSMC is expected to go into full production of the A10 chips sometime in June, and even have plans to commence the manufacturing of its 7nm volume production by 2018, and its 5nm production by 2020.
TSMC seems to have secured rights to manufacture Apple's new mobile processors for the next iPhone.