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Next Generation iPhone Chips Go Into Production

  • More-efficient 7-nanometer processors coming later this year
  • Samsung is also working on the next-generation chip technology
Inside An Apple Inc. iPhone 6 Smartphone
Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg
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Apple Inc. manufacturing partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has started mass production of next-generation processors for new iPhones launching later this year, according to people familiar with the matter.

The processor, likely to be called the A12 chip, will use a 7-nanometer design that can be smaller, faster and more efficient than the 10-nanometer chips in current Apple devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans. Apple and TSMC spokeswomen declined to comment.