TSMC well advanced to start the 5nm chip volume production. despite the "conjecture" that the foundry received an order from Apple to defer production of SoC A14 by one or two quarters. To report the Taiwanese DigiTimes explaining that – in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic crisis – TSMC's production lines are all booked for 5nm chip production.
TSMC is the historical partner of Apple that deals with the production of the Ax series chips integrated in the various iPhones. Already in September last year rumors circulated that the extremely hard foundry was ready to start large-scale production with the 5nm FinFET (5N), between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter of 2020.
The so-called "5nm node" uses EUV technology to improve the yield and alone can offer better performance than the current 7nm. TSMC has already explained that 5nm offer an 80% higher density than 7nm (node 7N), allowing a 20% decrease in consumption, with equal frequency, and a 15% increase in the same consumption frequencies. For Apple, the benefits are improvements in terms of performance, battery life and iPhone thermal management.
Taking for good what reported by the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in the autumn Apple should present four iPhone 12, models with 5G that include a variant from 5.4 ", two from 6.1" and one from 6.7 ". In the past few days rumors have circulated that Apple, considering the current situation, would be considering postponing the release of new products scheduled for autumn for a few months. Meanwhile, some suppliers have denied the rumors of delay; Foxconn also said he was very ready.
For all you need to know about the current iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, we refer to this in-depth analysis of macitynet. For new models arriving this year, however, it is possible to consult this article for iPhone 9, the economic terminal expected within the first months of this year, instead all that has emerged so far on the iPhone 12 5G summarized in this article.