News from Taiwan's DigiTimes is that Apple's next-generation A7 processor is edging towards full production, but stands no chance of making it into this year's iPhone 5S/iPhone 6.
The latest from industry sources is that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is about to “tape out” the A7 chip this month, but that mass-scale shipments are still a full year away.
Taping out is one of the final stages in circuit design ahead of the finished product being ready for production. Next comes risk production, which DigiTimes says should come around May-June, with commercial shipments expected in Q1 2014.
It's slow going, but when you're talking a 20nm process it's not like you're going to spot any defects with the naked eye.
The upshot, though, is confirmation that the next iPhone (or iPhones, depending on who you listen to), will run on the same Apple A6 silicone as the current iPhone. That doesn't mean a speed bump may not be in the offing, of course.
It's also not any kind of delay or setback, which some critics might attempt to interpret it as. We're not talking manufacturing delays that cause product deadlines to be missed by a few weeks or something. The A7 processor was obviously never earmarked for the 2013 iPhone.
Others will no doubt have something to say about smartphone wars, Exynos 5 Octas, Snapdragon 600s and the like. I'm not going to myself, but if that's how your boat floats, head for the Comments below and have at it.