Tuesday, June 25, 2013

iPhone 6 Processor Already In the Works

 While the latest iPhone device was great, Apple still left a lot to be desired and everyone is hopping that the upcoming iPhone 6 will not leave us hanging dry. Luckily, rumors are already spreading that Apple is working on a next-gen processing chip for their new devices. Reports suggest that Apple has picked the A8 chip architecture powerhouse, which uses 20nm processes nodes.

iPhone 6 Processor TSMC
Say goodbye to the old generations!

 The source of the news is DigiTimes and their reporters state that Apple has awarded a three-year contract to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). While most people haven't heard of TSMC, it is actually a big name in the tech industry since many famous Western companies outsource their work over to them. In the past 24h their stocks went up by 3.5% which no doubt due to the news of the new contract. Anyway, TSMC has been contracted to manufacture the A8, A9 and A9X processing chips. These will be used in 2014 for a new series of devices. This would suggest that the iPhone 6 will not be coming out this year and that the upcoming iPhone that we heard about is actually the iPhone 5S.

 According to DigiTimes, the A8 will be installed on the next-gen Apple device during early 2014 which means that our wait for the new iPhone 6 will not be as long as we might think. However, Apple also contracted the company to start the creation of A7 chips next month, which means that the iPhone 5S might get these under its hood. The device is rumored to come out in September so the time frame fits great!

 Facility Upgrade

 The company from Taiwan managed to grab a great deal and in order to fully keep to their side of the deal they plan to upgrade their facilities. As My iPhone 6 reporters have found out, the facilities in Taiwan are getting upgraded in order to achieve a capacity that will lead to the production of 50,000 wafers by Q1 2014, starting off with 10,000-wafer output capacity by December this year.

 Rumors also suggest that Apple will quickly come up with an entire line of products to combat Samsung. Apparently their iPhone 5S will be an advanced version of the previous model that will be fully upgraded to combat the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. On the other hand, the iPhone 6 is rumored to have a 5.7 inch display so that it can be suitable competition to the Galaxy Note series.

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