The process that a chip is made can greatly affect both performance and power consumption, so the latest report from DigiTimes is an interesting one with the outlet who claim that the 2020 iPhone will use an A14 chip based on a 5nm process.
It will apparently be made by TSMC, making it the first 5nm processor the company has created for Apple.
Although it is true that a smaller fabrication size is not directly related to how fast a chip can perform, the improvement in efficiency means that more performance can be achieved. The smaller chips also allow for multiple transistors to be added and improve performance in that connection.
Apple has often found itself ahead of such technology and jumped to 7nm with its A12 chip that found its way into the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. It's still one of the few devices that use such chips, on a scale, and it sounds like there's the possibility of an even bigger leap forward when 2020 iPhones roll around.
None of this comes in time for this year's iPhone, with the 2019 A13 chip sticking to the lazy 7nm fabrication process. However, it is expected that TSMC will change the way the chips are made, with extreme ultraviolet lithography for the first time.
Apple's 2019 iPhones are likely to arrive in September, as it has become the norm, and we will certainly begin to learn more about them before the time when leaks begin to mature. This is expected to be a great year for the iPhone, and Samsung is already on a flyer with its Galaxy S10 lineup.
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