In the web already rumors that TSMC would become the sole supplier of processors for the iPhone 7. Today this information was confirmed to the newspaper, the Electronic Times, reported that Apple and TSMC have reached an agreement by which the first alone will produce A10 Apple platforms for the next generation of “Apple” communicators.
As you know, the order for production of A9 processors for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus was divided between TSMC and Samsung. Their first releases on 16-nanometer technology process, and the second on 14-nanometer. The A9 chip production at TSMC and Samsung are different from each other. Independent tests have shown that the difference in terms of autonomy of the iPhone 6s is 20% not in favour of alternative, manufactured by Samsung, while Apple itself claims that the real difference even taking into account the different components does not exceed 2-3%. This, says a new report from The Electronic Times, Samsung was worth the loss of order on release of A10 platforms for the next generation iPhone.
There is speculation that TSMC was able to get all of the orders for Apple’s A10 with the 10-nm process technology, which will create a much more energy-efficient and powerful platform than Samsung used 14-nm process technology. Due to this Californian giant will make the iPhone 7 is even thinner than its predecessor without sacrificing battery life.
Of course, most iPhone users probably would prefer to get the handset with the same or even a bit more thickness, but with a long operation time from one charge. But users can hardly expect such generosity. After all, the main priorities have always been the Apple as smaller thickness and weight of smartphones.
It’s possible that Apple’s decision to use the services only chipmaker really is due to the fact that the iPhone 6s Samsung chipsets were weaker than the same smartphone platforms TSMC. And although, according to Apple, the difference in performance and operating time of minor gadgets, many users were unhappy with the prospect of a weaker machine.