A global chip shortage has been predicted to last until the end of 2022, and a report suggests that it will affect Apple’s supply of new MacBooks and iPads, but not iPhones.
This is because a new report shows that Apple’s mobile silicon supplier, TSMC, has started production of the A15 chipset which will be used in the upcoming iPhone 13 series. This confirms that the iPhone 13 will be released on schedule, which will be released in September.
The A15 chip will use the same 5 nanometer fabrication process as the A14. This follows a normal pattern where Apple alternates between shrinking dies and changing architectural designs every year.
In line with that, Apple is said to be shipping a 4 nanometer chip by 2022.
Apple’s custom silicon chip has helped it remain a leader in smartphone and tablet performance, and recently transferred that intellectual property to Mac with the M1 chip.
The iPhone 13 is expected to look largely the same as the iPhone 12 in industrial design, with slight changes to the rear camera module and a smaller Face ID cutout on the front.
The phone will be offered in the same size as the iPhone 12 mini, namely 5.4 inches, two 6.1-inch models and a 6.7-inch model.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models are expected to feature a 120Hz high refresh rate display for the first time on an iPhone.
Last year, Apple’s production schedule was significantly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the iPhone 12 series finally shipped one month later than usual. Apple appears to have managed to avoid hurdles (including chip shortages and the increasing spread of Covid-19 in some areas).