According to leaks, the TSMC will ship 80 million A14 chips for Apple this year. TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) has been Apple’s contract chip manufacturer, with Apple being one of its largest customers. In 2019, Apple’s A13 Bionic chips represented around half of TSMC’s yearly revenue.
Earlier this year, TSMC started mass producing Apple’s A14 Bionic chips for the 2020 iPhone lineup. The company has three different versions of the 5nm chips available for various buyers including 5nm, 5m+, and enhanced 5nm, but hasn’t specified which one will be acquired by Apple. These will be Apple’s first chipsets manufactured using the 5nm process, making it more efficient and powerful to use.
According to a reputable anonymous Apple leaker L0vetodream on Twitter, Apple has a huge shipment of A14 chips pending for later this year. The leaker shared that TSMC will provide over 80 million chipsets to Apple, but did not specify the product line that will be using these chips.
TSMC will prepare 80 million A14 chips for Apple, in this year.
— 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream) July 3, 2020
Apple has quite a few products in the rumor mill that may use these new chips which includes the 2020 iPhone 12 lineup, the new iPad Pro, and the upcoming ARM-based Macs announced during the WWDC Keynote Speech on June 22. There is no specific product that will be powered by the new A14 chip. As per the reports the new flagship iPhones are likely to get an A14 Bionic chip along with an A14X Bionic chip for iPad.
The new custom made processing chips are designed to deliver performance enhancements and support innovative technology. The expected release date of the new iPhone line-up is by the end of this year.
However, some reports claim that the mmWave 5G models of the upcoming iPhone 12 series have dropped, therefore, these allegedly 80 million A14 chip shipments are likely to be divided amongst all other devices which will be released by the company later this year.
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