“Although Chipworks’ tear-down does reveal that the A10 is larger than the A9, Apple appears to have performed something of a miracle with the A10 in terms of chip size,” Eassa writes. “According to Chipworks, the A10 chip measures in at 125 square millimeters, or approximately 20% larger than the TSMC-built A9 from last year. The larger size means that Apple will be able to get fewer chips from each silicon wafer that it buys from TSMC.”
“There’s a pretty significant difference between 125 square millimeters and 150 square millimeters in terms of chip cost,” Eassa writes. “Thanks to Apple’s ability to pack more functionality into a given amount of space than it could with the prior generation A10 chip, it was able to save — at least per this, admittedly crude, estimate — nearly $5 per chip. It may not seem as though a savings of roughly $4.85 per chip is a big deal, the reality of the situation is that this savings when multiplied across the 120 million-plus iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus phones that the company is likely to ship over the next year is significant — approximately $582 million.”
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MacDailyNews Take: No other company can match Apple’s iPhone and the gulf between the iPhone and the iPhone wannabes is growing significantly. With little or no profit in Android phones, no other company can remotely keep up with Apple’s investment in smartphone innovation. Soon, even the blindest of fragmandroid settlers will be able to see it.
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