New iPhone Chips Starting Production
Apple’s Taiwanese chipmaker has reportedly started work on a new processor for the next line of iPhones.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. started testing the new A13 chip last month, according to Bloomberg News, citing “people familiar with the matter”.
It’s believed the chip could go in to mass-production this month.
Apple uses the A12 Bionic chip to power its current iPhones, but routinely updates the processors during its yearly product refresh.
This year Apple is expected to add a third camera with an ultra-wide angle lens on its higher end models.
An upgrade to a dual camera is expected on the successor to the entry-level iPhone XR.
It comes as Apple faces potential tariff increases on its Chinese-built products, amid ongoing trade skirmishes between China and the United States.
The Wall Street Journal reports President Donald Trump has threatened expanding and raising tariffs from 10 per cent to 25.
The potential price increase would do nothing to help Apple’s falling iPhone sales, believed to be the result of high prices and lack of interest in new features.