Long-time Apple supplier TSMC will begin mass shipments of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 13 A15 chip at the end of May ahead of schedule, according to excerpts from Digitimes’ full report to be published tomorrow. The new chip will be based on a 5-nanometer enhancement process that debuted in the A14 Bionic and the 2020 iPad Air and iPhone 12 series.
While the full report will likely provide more details on the specifics of the new chip that will power the next iPhone, it’s reasonable to assume it will improve in performance and power efficiency.
Apple launched the iPhone 12 series in October, instead of the normal September, because of the impact of the global health crisis on suppliers. Now that the impact on the supply chain has eased, Apple analyst Kwok at ¹ thinks Apple could go back to September 2021 to launch the iPhone 13, because TSMC is now expected to start mass shipping the new chips early, which it now seems to
Improving the performance and power efficiency of the A15 will be among the many rumored features that will be introduced on the iPhone in 2021. Current information suggests that Apple will make a few changes for the upcoming iPhone, including moving the handset to the top bezel to achieve a smaller fringe.
Internally, Apple is expected to include the ProMotion 120Hz and alway light feature in at least some iPhone 13 models. Other features include a rumored new matte black option, improved fingerprint resistance on stainless steel edges, and a possible in-screen fingerprint sensor.