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Longhorn (@never _released), a security researcher, said on Twitter that Apple has begun research on the A13, upgraded version of the A12 processor. The code name will be "Lightning" and the internal chip name is "T8030". Although the accuracy of this news is still unclear, we do know that the upcoming A13 Lightning chip will be designed for the 2019 iPhone models.

Previously, the Supply chain believes that TSMC will continue to OEM the A13 processor exclusively. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who has repeatedly leaked Apple's new products, also revealed that the A13 and A14 chips will be manufactured by the chipmaker, which will be used on 2019 and 2020 iPhones.

Better, the A13 processor may even have a customized version, which perhaps just developed for Apple's MacBook. With A12X massive performance, Apple has proved to the outside world that they have The ability to make ARM high-performance processors for laptops, and already capable of using the 7nm process, while Intel continue produce chips in 10nm process.

How to improve the A13 processor is also a worry for Apple. It is necessary to know that the second-generation 7nm process mainly uses the EUV process, which is helpful for improving the difficulty of chip manufacturing. However, in terms of performance, the EUV process doesn't bring any improvement, so I would expect Apple to change the architecture: make it more power efficiency and speedy.

According to the Taiwan publication Digitimes", the supply chain confirmed that in 2019, Apple's A13 chip will be produced by TSMC. In the first half of 2018, TSMC's global foundry market share reached 56%, so the industry assumes that TSMC's market share is expected to grab up to 60% next year, ahead of any other chipmakers.

TSMC took the lead in entering the 7-nanometer era in April 2018 and is the first chip foundry to truly mass-produce 7-nanometer EUV processes. With the A12 Bionic chip, however, we were able to see that the iPhone XS performed pretty well in speed tests, and saw a huge improvement over the performance when it matches to the A11 Bionic chip.
TSMC grabbed a 56% share of the global pure-play foundry market in the first half of 2018. With TSMC set to remain Apple's exclusive supplier of A-series chips in 2019, the Taiwan-based foundry stands a good chance of seeing its global market share top 60% next year, the sources said.
TSMC is also on the right track to produce A12X chip for the upcoming iPad Pros, it's likely even faster than the current A12 on the iPhone XS. It's reported that Samsung also announced will start producing 7nm chips from next year, however, Apple apparently will not give A13 orders to their biggest smartphone rival, but will continue providing OLED screens.

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According to industry analysts, TSMC will remain to be the exclusive supplier of Apple's A-series chips next year. The 2019 iPhone will be powered by the A13 chip. Since 2016, TSMC has been the sole supplier of the A-series chips, wins all orders of the A10 Fusion chip for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and A11 Bionic chip for iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X (Via EE Times).

"As long as TSMC continues to offer something new at leading-edge every year and continues to execute well on yield, I could see Apple remaining sole source on foundry at TSMC for years to come," Arete Research analyst Brett Simpson said in an interview with EE Times.

The A12 chip for the 2018 iPhone will also be made from TSMC. TSMC's packaging technology is superior to other chip manufacturers, including Samsung and Intel, so it's not surprising the "A13" chip continues to be manufactured by TSMC in 2019.

Now when it comes to how will this affects customers, Apple's industry-leading mobile chip design and TSMC's continuous packaging improvements will definitely benefit future iPhone performance, battery life, and RAM management, etc.

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