What you need to know
- DigiTimes says that the production of Apple's first Apple silicon chips will begin as soon as next month.
- It says new Apple silicon chips using 5nm technology will be made in Q4 of 2020.
- This is expected to be the A14X chip for a new iPad Pro and an Apple Silicon Mac.
The report states:
Apple's main chip supplier TSMC will reportedly begin production of the 5nm chips in Q4 of 2020. Monthly output of 5000-6000 chips is expected.
It is likely that this refers to Apple's A14X processor, a more powerful version of the A14 chip we're expecting in iPhone 12.
Recent reports suggest Apple plans to include the A14X processor in a new 12-inch MacBook, as well as Apple's new iPad Pro.
Reports from supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo however, stated that Apple's first Apple Silicon Mac wil be a 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Reports of Apple silicon (although we didn't know the name of it then) in April suggested Apple was working on three versions of Mac processor based on Apple's A14 chip, and that these will be "much faster" than current iPhone and iPad processors.
Master your iPhone in minutes
iMore offers spot-on advice and guidance from our team of experts, with decades of Apple device experience to lean on. Learn more with iMore!
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9