A Thursday report by DigiTimes indicates Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has begun production of Apple’s A11 processor, which will power this fall’s “iPhone 8” handset. TSMC’s sources tell it that the manufacturing issues holding back production have been resolved.
TSMC has begun 10nm chip production for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 8 series, the sources said. Production was once affected by issues involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process, but they have already been solved, the sources said.
TSMC is the sole supplier of the A11 chip that will be the brains behind Apple’s new flagship handset this fall. The new chip could also make it into the upgraded “S” versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices, as well as any possible iPad/iPad Pro updates.
Production of the chip was expected to begin back in April, with a target of producing 50 million chips by July. However, issues with the 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process delayed the start of production.