This year’s iPhone 7 will most likely pack the A10 chipset, which means that based on Apple’s habits over the past few years, there is a good chance that next year’s iPhone will pack the A11 chipset under its hood. That being said, this year’s iPhone has yet to be officially announced, but now word on the street has it that TSMC is already beginning work on the A11.
The report comes courtesy of DigiTimes who claims that the TSMC is already designing the upcoming A11 chipset, and that the chipset will be made using the 10nm FinFET process, a process that TSMC is expected to get certified for by the end of the year, meaning that the company can begin shipping out 10nm chipsets to its other customers who aren’t Apple.
Of course all of this is based on the assumption that TSMC will be making next year’s A11 chipset. What we have heard is that for 2016’s iPhone, TSMC will be making the chipset exclusively, this is versus last year’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models which were found to have chipsets made by both Samsung and TSMC, resulting in a bit of controversy.
In any case we suppose this shouldn’t really come as a surprise given Apple’s history, although last we heard, there were rumors saying that next year’s iPhone will be the iPhone 8, skipping the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus entirely.