Leading Apple analyst confident 5G iPhone will launch this fall

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Apple was well-prepared for a global pandemic.
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A leading Apple analyst is confident Apple will deliver its first iPhone with 5G this fall — despite a Wednesday report that suggested this year’s handsets could be delayed due to COVID-19.

“We have a different view,” wrote Gene Munster of Loup Ventures on Thursday. Muster has outlined several reasons why an iPhone refresh is still likely to come in 2020.

Apple’s A-series chipmaker employee tests positive for COVID-19

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Apple chipmaker racing ahead with its next next-gen nanometer process
TSMC is currently gearing up to build Apple's next A-series chips.
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An employee at Apple chipmaker TSMC, the company which produces the A-series chips for iPhones and iPads, has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The company made the admission in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) Thursday. It said that it is requesting the 30 employees who made contact with the patient to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

Next-gen A14 chip could be first Arm-based processor to exceed 3GHz

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A12 Bionic introduced the 7-nanometer process. A14 will take that number even smaller.
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Apple’s forthcoming A14 processor for the iPhone 12 series will be the first Arm-based mobile processor to exceed 3GHz, a report published Sunday claims.

According to Research Snipers’ report, the new supercharged chip could hit a GeekBench 4 running score of 3.1GHz. That would be 400MHz higher than the current A13 Bionic chips’s 2.7GHz.

Apple chipmaker prepares to build 5nm chips as manufacturers get back to work

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Apple chipmaker racing ahead with its next next-gen nanometer process
TSMC is making the A-series chips for the next iPhone.
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The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak may be continuing apace, but Apple manufacturers are getting back to work.

According to two new reports published Wednesday, Apple contract manufacturers Compal Electronics and Wistron are joining Foxconn in planning for production levels to return to normal by the end of March. Apple’s A-series chipmaker TSMC is also gearing up to start producing its new 5-nanometer chips.

Apple ramps up A13 chip orders to cope with iPhone 11 demand

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Customers can't get enough of iPhone 11.
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Apple has been forced to increase A13 chip orders to meet higher-than-anticipated demand for iPhone 11, according to a new report.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Apple’s primary chip supplier, has been asked to churn out more chips this quarter as iPhone outperforms market and Apple expectations.

iPhone chip-maker enjoys big boost from strong demand

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iPhone 11 has been good for business.
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iPhone chip-maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) enjoyed a 9% boost in revenue in November.

The increase can be attributed to strong demand for the company’s 7-nanometer chipsets, which power Apple’s latest crop of smartphones. And TSMC is confident the success will continue into the holidays.

3-nanometer chips will be ready for 2022 iPhone

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3-nanometer chips will be ready for 2022 iPhone
What will the 2022 iPhone have to offer?
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The A-series chip in Apple’s 2020 iPhone is likely to take advantage of the 5-nanometer technology developed by chip designer TSMC. However, the chip giant is already hard at work on a 3-nanometer process it thinks will be ready in 2022.

You know, just in time for the iPhone 12S and 12R or whatever Apple calls them!

Apple chipmaker racing ahead with its next next-gen nanometer process

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Apple chipmaker racing ahead with its next next-gen nanometer process
TSMC is preparing for the future.
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Apple chipmaker TSMC is busy preparing the nanometer process for its next-next generation chips, which could find their way into future Apple devices.

The leading chipmaking giant has secured 30 hectares of land in the Southern Taiwan Science Park. This is where it will house the foundry for chips made using its 3 nanometer process. Based on past progress, these would hit the iPhone sometime around 2021 or 2022.