Apple A7 processor won't be in this year's iPhone

Apple A7 processor won't be in this year's iPhoneNews 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.

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Pondlife  Mar. 16, 2013 at 16:36

Be surprised if there isn't a new version in next phone, suspect whatever is in there will be labelled A7 anyway.

Boss1337  Mar. 16, 2013 at 17:43

Apple are just getting lazy with their iPhone's

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 16, 2013 at 18:36

Apple are just getting lazy with their iPhone's
Which is good news for lazy Apple haters :p

Pondlife  Mar. 16, 2013 at 18:43

It won't be as lazy as the ipad 3s anyway. But you shouldn't judge much from an article based on a digitimes link.

socialjeebus  Mar. 17, 2013 at 04:51

I wonder if they're beginning to regret ditching Samsung.

Stelph  Mar. 17, 2013 at 07:18

I seriously doubt they won't use a "new" chip in the new iPhone, it's one of the main magical things they talk about, plus considering the iPhone 5s will all be about the improve iOS that Ive is working on Apple has to think of some way to make sure that current iPhone 4S and 5 owners don't get all the software features ensuring they upgrade (see the fake reasons given for Siri for example)

Timor  Mar. 17, 2013 at 09:42


Stelph  Mar. 17, 2013 at 14:16

Don't they usually produce the 'x' version chipset with the ipad (ie if the iPhone gets the a7 then the ipad would get a7x)

drazyw  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:04

oops. lol

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 21:06

oops. lol hahahahaha Thanks, I needed that :D


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