While Apple isn’t able to meet the recently-released iPhone X’s demand, talks about the next year’s iPhone has started to emerge.
Apple will be unveiling three iPhone handsets in September 2018, as per the tradition, and all three handsets will feature the same basic design of the iPhone X, Face ID camera notch included. The latest report reveal may seem a tiny detail, but it’s an important one for the iPhone vs. Android competition.
Qualcomm and MediaTek are yet to upgrade to 7nm nodes for mobile processors, DigiTimes says.
The report suggests that only two smartphone companies can really afford to upgrade to 7nm chips next year, and that’s Apple and Samsung. That certainly means that next year’s flagships from these two tech giants may be equipped with 7nm chips. This particular chip is said to be even more powerful than the current 10 nm chip that powers some of this year’s flagships. As far as performance is concerned, the report notes that there’s little difference between 7nm and 10nm chips, which is some manufacturers are resisting to upgrade to 7nm chips.
Well, the Galaxy S9, Samsung’s next year flagship, is said to feature a 10nm chip. Samsung is making Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 on the improved 10nm node, even though it announced a few weeks ago that it’s also ready to mass-produce 8nm chips.
Meanwhile, Apple is working with TSMC, on 7nm chips that may be equipped in 2018 models.
The report also notes that a mobile chip manufacturer needs to ship 120 to 150 million 7nm chips a year to earn a profit. That’s the kind of volume that can only be achieved by a few tech giants in the market, including Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and MediaTek.
Apparently, it seems likely Apple may advance to 7nm chips next year, which may bring advantage to the company over other Android players in the market.