The rumor mill already expects Apple to introduce some major changes with the iPhone next year but that doesn’t mean there won’t be speculation about the iPhone that’s due after that. Word on the street is that it’s possible that the 2018 iPhone will use 7nm processors manufactured by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. It’s claimed that TSMC is going to be the exclusive supplier of mobile chips for Apple’s 2018 iPhone.
There’s a reason why Apple is expected to go all out with the iPhone next year. That’s because it’s going to be the 10th anniversary of a smartphone that has literally transformed the destiny of this company. Apple is thus expected to pull out all the stops and give us a truly revolutionary smartphone next year.
You might find yourself wondering what happens after this supposedly great iPhone is launched next year? Well, the company simply goes back to the drawing board to cook up a new smartphone for 2018. If history is any indication, it may only be an evolutionary update with upgraded internals and some new features.
According to a report, TSMC is going to start manufacturing chips on its 7-nanometer process by Q1 2017 or by Q1 2018. This will leave Apple with ample time to implement the 7nm processor in the 2018 iPhone which may not arrive until the fall that year.
A 7nm processor will be shorter in size but it’s certainly going to provide improved performance and power efficiency. Nevertheless, it’s too soon to be concerning ourselves with the 2018 iPhone when we clearly have the iPhone 8 to look forward to next year.