Former Apple vendor TSMC will begin mass shipments of Apple’s upcoming A15 chip for the iPhone 13 ahead of schedule in late May, according to an excerpt from a full report due out tomorrow. DigiTimes.
The new chip will be based on an improved version of the 5nm process, which first debuted on the A14 Bionic with the 2020 iPad Air and iPhone 12 lineup. While the full report will likely provide more details on the details of the new chip. which will power next-gen iPhones, it can be reasonably assumed that it will improve performance and energy efficiency.
Due to shocks to providers as a result of the global health crisis, Apple released the iPhone 12 series in October, outside of the normal September deadline. With the impacts on supply chains now waning, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple is on track to launch the iPhone 13 in September. Now that TSMC is believed to be starting mass shipments of the new chip ahead of schedule, that certainly appears to be the case.
The improved performance and power efficiency in the A15 will be one of the many features rumored to make its way to the 2021 iPhones. Information so far suggests that Apple will relocate the handset to the top bezel for upcoming iPhones, resulting in a smaller notch.
Internally, Apple is expected to include a ProMotion 120Hz and always on display for at least some iPhone 13 models. Additional features include a new rumored matte black option, improved fingerprint resistance for the stainless steel edges, and possibly an in-display fingerprint sensor.