Thanks to Apple’s partnership with TSMC, it has allowed the company to put out devices with chipsets built using a smaller process. For those unfamiliar, this smaller process means that more transistors can be fit onto a smaller space, which in turn offers up better performance, more energy efficiency, while taking up less space.
It was largely expected that come 2022, Apple could debut 3nm chipsets for its iPads, iPhones, and Macs, but it turns out that may no longer be the case. According to a report from The Information (paywall), this is because TSMC has been facing some production issues in trying to transition to a 3nm manufacturing process.
TSMC already manufactures 5nm chipsets for Apple and have been expected to transition to 3nm, something that would put them ahead of the competition, but it seems that they are having difficulty in doing so. It has also been suggested that as a result of this delay, TSMC might not be able to have 3nm chips ready in time for 2022’s iPhone 14.
This would also make it the first in a long time that Apple could end up using the same manufacturing process for its chipsets for three consecutive years. While this is bad news for Apple, the report says that this would be good news for Apple’s competitors as it would allow some of them to catch up.
But what say you? Would the continued use of 5nm chipsets be enough to deter you from upgrading to the iPhone 14?