Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 12 family with the A14 processor, followed by new Mac computers with the M1 processor. The distinguishing feature of the two processors is that they are both the first in their class to be built using TSMC’s five-nanometer manufacturing process; Therefore, it is said that Apple has reserved a huge amount of production capacity for its five-nanometer chips.
It is no secret that TSMC has been a major supplier of chips to Apple products in recent years and continues to advance its chip development technologies through long-term and increasing investment. Certainly with a profitable customer like Apple, the company will continue to push the boundaries of silicon development and will do anything to keep Apple afloat.
Apple has recognized TSMC as a valuable business partner, and the Cupertinos are said to have booked about 80 percent of the company’s five-nanometer production line in 2021 to produce processors, including the A15 Bionic, for use in the iPhone 13.
According to Taiwanese sources, the technology giant Cupertino will use TSMC’s unparalleled production capacity next year, according to CnBeta. In addition, the third phase of the TSMC plant will begin mass production of five-nanometer processors in the first quarter of 2021. TSMC is said to produce about 9,000 wafers a month.
Apart from Apple, companies such as Qualcomm, MediaTek, Broadcom and others are also demanding the company’s production wafers. It should be noted, however, that Qualcomm has outsourced the production of part of its five-nanometer processors to Samsung, and one of the reasons for this is the lack of TSMC production capacity; Because, as mentioned, Apple has reserved 80% of the product line.
Apple is likely to launch many of its products in 2021 with processors built into the 5-nanometer TSMC node. Keep in mind that TSMC has several product lines for its customers, including five-nanometer, five-nanometer plus, and five-nanometer-reinforced chips.
It is not yet known which production process Apple processors use; But according to rumors, it is possible to guess which products will benefit from these processors. Initially, the new iPad Pro is expected to be unveiled in the first half of next year with an A14X (or A14Z) processor and mini LED displays. Apparently, the processor used in them will be fifty nanometers.
In addition, rumors suggest that the 24-inch iMac will be available in the first half of next year, and that the iMac will likely come with a new design and an improved M1 processor. This product could be the first tech giant to use a dedicated GPU.
The last and most reliable device that will have five-nanometer processors in it will be the iPhone 13, which will probably be unveiled at the traditional event of September 2021 (September 1400). Unlike the other products mentioned, the iPhone 13 is expected to be the first device to benefit from the improved five-nanometer TSMC manufacturing process and bring better performance and efficiency.
However, Apple will launch a number of products next year due to its five-nanometer manufacturing process, and given this news, it is not surprising that it has acquired 80% of TSMC’s production capacity.