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APPLE’S next iPhone could be lightning fast – and last much longer per charge.
It’s reported that Apple has begun producing the powerful processor set to appear in the 2018 iPhone.
The good news is that the mystery chip could boast a revolutionary new design that boosts performance and battery life.
Every year, Apple debuts a brand new processor for its smartphones.
These “A-series” chips make apps run faster, improve graphics in video games, and help improve how much life you get out of your phone per charge.
Last year’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X ran on the Apple A11 Bionic chip, which was 70% faster than the previous year’s processor.
And this year, we’re expecting an even bigger leap.
Bloomberg reports that Apple has begun production on this year’s Apple A12 processor.
That means Apple is gearing up for the expected September launch of the three rumoured iPhone 9 variants.
What makes the Apple A12 chip special is that it’s supposedly being built on a 7-nanometre manufacturing process.
When we talk about phone chips, we describe their size using nanometres.
Processors are made up of tiny transistors that allow computing tasks to be done.
The more transistors, the faster your processor can get jobs done.
So tech companies are desperately trying to cram more transistors into smaller spaces.
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A 7-nanometre design refers to the distance between two transistors.
The smaller the distance, the more powerful the chip – because you can fit more transistors into the same amount of space.
Last year’s A10 chip had a 10-nanometre design, but no phone in existence today has a 7-nanometre processor.
That means if Apple can successfully produce a 7-nanometre chip (with the help of Taiwan’s TSMC, a major chipmaker), it could have the fastest and most power-efficient phone on the market.
Rivals like South Korea’s Samsung, America’s Qualcomm and China’s Huawei are scrambling to do the same, due to the major benefits it will bring to phone users.
Samsung says it has already finalised the design, and will start manufacturing 7-nanometre chips later this year.
Samsung recently poked fun at Apple in a controversial ad that blasted iPhone performance.
But if Apple can start smashing out 7-nanometre chips, there’s a good chance your next iPhone will leave these performance woes behind.
What would you like to see from Apple’s next iPhone? Let us know in the comments!