According to DigiTimes, citing supply chain sources, Apple has already ordered new SoCs from TSMC, which will be manufactured in a 4nm process.
These platforms are designed for the next generation of Mac computers. Apple also has a contract with TSMC for the Apple A15 SoC, which will be manufactured using the N5 Plus or N5P process technology, sources said. TSMC is expected to begin production of the Apple A15 SoC, which will be used in the upcoming iPhone 13 series, by the end of May.
The Apple M1 single-chip system is manufactured at 5nm, the Apple A14 Bionic SoC in the iPad Air and iPhone 12 lineup is also based on a 5nm process technology. At the moment, Apple is already preparing to move to 4nm platforms.
The timing of the debut of these new 4nm SoCs has not been specified, but DigiTimes says TSMC will move to mass production using the new process technology in the fourth quarter of 2021. This is ahead of the pre-established time frame (2022).
The Apple A15 will use an improved version of the 5nm process technology.