TSMC Reportedly Commences Production of A13 Chips for This Year’s iPhone XI Lineup

TSMC starts Apple A13 chips production iPhone XI

Possibly to prevent any iPhone XI model being delayed, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has started production of the new A13 chip for Apple’s next line of iPhones, according to people close to this information. The fab has been previously reported to commence volume production of 7nm in 2019's third quarter. It looks as if Apple's A13 orders will take up the bulk of available patterning tools.

The SoC has been dubbed A13, and according to Bloomberg, mass-production for the processor has commenced. TSMC has been testing the processor since early April. The new silicon is not going to be paired with a 5G modem, as Apple just recently partnered with Qualcomm, so the first 5G-ready iPhone will most likely launch next year.

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Fresh Report For The 2019 iPhone Lineup Provides Details On Their Codenames And Assures That Apple Will Launch An iPhone XR Successor

Apple will launch three new iPhones this year according to previous reports that are corroborated today. Two of them will succeed the iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, while the third one will be an update to the iPhone XR. The higher-end models, as per today's information, are codenamed D43 and D44, but it hasn’t been specified which model these names belong to. As for the iPhone XR's successor, it is internally codenamed N104, according to people familiar with the matter.

These people also state that while all three models are expected to look similar to their predecessors, their biggest visible design change will be at the back. That’s where the primary cameras are located and for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors, an expected triple-rear camera setup will most likely provide improved optical zoom and access to a wide-angle lens; features that Apple's forced to adopt given Huawei's brazen approach with the P30 Pro. The 2019 iPhone XR update, on the other hand, is expected to feature a dual-camera at the back.

Apple is reportedly also working on an auto-correction feature that helps to fit people back into a photo who may have been accidentally cut out. The secondary camera on the iPhone XR will support telephoto imaging, but the exact number on how much the user can zoom into the object is yet to be reported. As for the dimensions, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors are expected to be about half a millimeter thicker. The iPhones' back camera array will fit into a square on the top left. The squarish part at the back will act as a hump, with the cameras expected to sit flush with that square.

All three iPhones have earlier been reported to support reverse wireless charging, a technology that’s supported on the Galaxy S10 series and Huawei’s P30 Pro. Apple will most likely attempt to improve reverse wireless charging on all three iPhones so it actually appears to be a useful feature rather than a gimmick. iPhone XI Max renders were earlier leaked as well, giving us a better glimpse of how the iPhone XS Max is expected to look, along with some case renders of the 5.8-inch iPhone XI.

Apple is expected to launch its newest iPhones in September of this year, so we’ll have more information to share with you down the road, so stay tuned.

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News Source: Bloomberg

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