Mar 29, 2017 12:26 PM EDT
Apple A11 SoC that will power the 2017 iPhones is set to be mass produced by TSMC in April. This is to secure the parts needed for the launch of iPhone 8.
The Apple A10 Fusion, the chip inside iPhone 7, features two high-power cores and two lower-power cores. Meantime, while the design of A11 is unknown, reports suggest that it is manufactured using a 10-nanometer process. On the other hand, the A10 chip is made at 16nm, which means a decrease to 10nm for A11 already suggests that a huge upgrade is ready anytime.
Apple A10's speed in iPhone 7 is noted to exceed the other smartphones in single-core performance. Aside from the density, Apple chip designers are also expected to redesign the circuitry and components in order to optimize further the power and performance efficiency. Meantime, the A11 chip is made using a FinFET process, with a "wafer-level integrated fan-out" technology, although it is unclear if the chip will be another "Fusion" design, where the chip combines lower and higher power cores.
The Apple A11 chips are also expected to be produced before the end of July, with plans to make 100 million chips this year. Most of these are set to be offered to those with new iPhones, 9to5mac reported.
Apple has not even begun the production of iPhone 8, but reports already suggest that the next-gen iPhone is going to be more compelling than expected. Although it has been revealed that the new iPhone 8 will come with an edgeless OLED display, latest reports indicate that the phone will also have a revolutionary new 3D camera.
The idea about Apple's interest in featuring a 3D camera in the new iPhone 8 first appeared through a research note in February from a reputable analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities. It was noted that the camera module on the new device will use 3D sensing technology from PrimeSense, BGR reported. Learn about the A11 chip in iPhone 8 here:
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