New iPhone 11 processor should smoke Android’s best

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TSMC 7nm processor
Transistors just 7nm apart are the secret of the Apple A13’s speed.
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This fall’s iPhone models will supposedly include a processor able to outperform any Android handset. It apparently won’t be just a little bit better, either. The source for this unconfirmed report on the A13 chip says it will offer “a one-year advantage” in graphics performance. Multi-core performance supposedly will get a large boost, too.

Twitter user Ice universe is best known for getting early access to details about upcoming Samsung models, but this one is about Apple’s upcoming processor:

He wasn’t able to be more specific about how much faster multi-core performance will be, or what will be improved about the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit).

It’s not surprising that an iOS device can outperform Android ones. Apple’s best phones haven’t lost to Samsung’s flagship devices in head-to-head comparisons since the Note 5 came out, for example. When it debuted last year, the iPhone XS ran substantially faster than its rivals. It wasn’t until the Samsung Galaxy S10 series debuted in the spring that the XS was beat out.

More about the Apple A13 chip

Although the iPhone 11 is still months away from being announced, its A13 processor reportedly went into production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in late spring. The chip reportedly will be made with an improved version of the 7 nanometer production process used on the A12 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone XS series and iPhone XR. The 2020 iPhone models are expected to use 5nm chips.

Samsung gained the capacity to produce 7nm ships last fall. (That’s what gave the S10 series a boost.)

These measurements are of the distance between processor components. Packing things into less space means better performance and less wasted heat, saving power.