TSMC has apparently begun production on Apple’s next-gen A15 iPhone processor.
The news comes from a paywalled report by Digitimes (via TechRadar), who says that the new chip will retain the 5nm process used by the iPhone 12's A14. According to the report, the A15 is expected to see greater demand than its predecessor did the previous year.
Digitimes previously mentioned the A15’s end-of-May production date in March (via MacRumors), and described the 5nm process used by the new chip has an enhanced version. It also reported on an upcoming 4nm process at the time, saying that TSMC will move the new process to volume production from 2022 to Q4 2021.
The iPhone 13 is expected to show up in September 2021. As per TechRadar, rumours for the new phone suggest that it will have a smaller notch and rear cameras with bigger lenses, while the Pro versions are expected to get a 120Hz refresh rate.
Several days ago, Notebookcheck reported on leaked renders obtained by @LeaksApplePro from @ld_vova which purported to show the finalized design of the iPhone 13. The images showed a flattened camera bump and the aforementioned reduced notch. Also mentioned were a stainless steel band that will be less prone to fingerprints.