This year’s Apple A12-powered iPhones to leave Android phones even further behind

“Apple is likely to establish a technical lead over most smartphone brands as the company moves to a 7nm process for the A12 chip that will power this year’s flagship iPhones,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “That lead could last well into next year.”

“Supply-chain sources say that most brands are unlikely to use sub-10nm chips for some time yet,” Lovejoy reports. “Digitimes reports that four major chipmakers have delayed or held plans to offer their own 7nm process to Android brands.”

“This leaves only Apple chipmaker TSMC with 7nm process capabilities,” Lovejoy reports. “Macworld recently suggested that the 7nm process would be one key factor in this year’s iPhones being 20-30% faster than the iPhone X.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s decision to go all in with TSMC looks smarter with each passing year.

7nm chip development costs ‘prohibitively high’ for all but Apple and TSMC – September 4, 2018
Apple’s year-old iPhone X trounces Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 9 in benchmark tests – August 10, 2018
First benchmarks reveal Apple’s iPhone X Plus performance will obliterate even Android’s wildest dreams – July 2, 2018
iPhone 8’s Apple A11 Bionic chip so destroys Android phones that Geekbench creator can’t even believe it – September 30, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip is by far the highest-performing system on the market; totally destroys Android phones – September 19, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X leaves Android phones choking in the dust – September 18, 2017
The inside story of Apple’s amazing A11 Bionic chip – September 18, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei – September 18, 2017
Apple accelerates mobile processor dominance with A11 Bionic; benchmarks faster than 13-inch MacBook Pro – September 15, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus on par with 2017 MacBook Pro – September 14, 2017


  1. Qualcomm will definitely find a way to get 7nm SoCs even if other manufacturers have to give contributions to Qualcomm to get it done. How can the Android community not have a 7nm processor to compete with the iPhone? Qualcomm will somehow raise the money and not get left behind. It wouldn’t look good for Android flagship smartphones to come up really short in terms of SoC hardware. Android fanbois would be seriously butt-hurt if that were the case. I believe Qualcomm’s pride won’t let it fall behind Apple and Qualcomm will do whatever it takes to keep pace.

  2. MDN, could you please tell me why my iPhone X gets so hot while using your app?

    Please tell me it’s not doing something bad in the background, like crypto mining.

    Seems my 1st attempt at posting this question didn’t go through in a previous artical (the app crashed) so I thought I’d post again while this artical is at the most current.

        1. The page is full of junk on Mac OS, too. One of the most cluttered, spam-infested, poorly designed pages I’ve seen. Raise hands- does anyone actually view all these ads? Click on them? Actually, they act as a repellent. “Enough of this- just a glance, I’ve got a headache!…”

  3. Speed is the new thin …. ratcheting up specs and in parallel price which many of us no longer value and do not want to pay for. Stop over serving and over charging your customers.

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