TSMC will begin churning out Apple’s next generation A11-series processors for the next-generation iPhone in April, local reports claim, confirming December speculation from BlueFin Research Partners.
Speed and efficiency
Apple develops its own bespoke version of an ARM reference chip for iOS processors. Apple’s existing 64-bit A10 series chip is manufactured using 16 nanometer process, so it’s reasonable to assume the new A11 will deliver significant performance gains on the basis of the move to 10nm alone, presumably without impacting battery life.
In 2015, TSMC claimed its 10-nanometer technology will provide a “20% speed gain and 40% power reduction” relative to 16-nanometer technology.