Apple already working on iPhone 6, 7, 8 processors

There is no news of when the chips will be produced or for which devices, but there is much speculation.

By Benzinga Jun 25, 2013 11:00AM

iPhone 5By Louis Bedigian

Apple (AAPL) is already working on the next-generation processors for several future smartphones.

While the A7 processor is expected to be introduced with the iPhone 5S (and may cut Samsung out of the picture), Apple is reportedly working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSM) to build A8, A9 and A9X processors as well.

According to DigiTimes, TSMC and its IC design service partner, Global UniChip, have "secured a three-year agreement with Apple to supply foundry services for the next A-series chips built using 20nm, 16nm and 10nm process nodes."

Interestingly, the report claims that the A8 processor will go into "small volume" production in July 2013, suggesting that Apple may be planning to bring more power to the iPad 5.

The A8 processor could also be earmarked for iDevices not currently in the marketplace, such as a larger iPhone.

There has been some speculation that Apple may one day replace Intel (INTC) processors with its own chips, but it is unlikely that the A8 will be powerful enough -- or released soon enough -- to accomplish that task.

Thus far, Apple has made no effort to replace Intel in 2013. Intel chips appear in the refreshed MacBook Air and are currently being added to the forthcoming Mac Pro revision. They could also be found within the revised iMac released last fall.

The A8 or A9 processor may also be in development for a next-gen Apple TV. This would provide the device with enough power to begin running high-end apps. It may not pave the way for an Apple TV version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, but should allow for a more advanced version of Angry Birds.

However, the A8 chip will most likely be reserved for an iPhone -- either a larger and more powerful iPhone (a Galaxy Note III competitor, perhaps?) or the iPhone 6.

While the A8 processor may go into production this year, DigiTimes' sources claim that the A9 and A9X processors will not be produced until the end of the third quarter of 2014. This suggests that Apple's schedule is already set in stone -- and will look a lot like 2013.

Instead of releasing products throughout the year (as it has done in the past), Apple has created a bit of a drought in 2013. No new iDevices have been unveiled or released since October 2013. The next iPhone is not expected to be introduced before August or September -- nearly one year after the iPad Mini arrived in stores.

By holding A9 and 9X production until the latter part of 2014, Apple may be planning a similar strategy for the coming year.

Thus far, that strategy has worked as well. The iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 have continued to set new sales records nearly every quarter since they were released.

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Jun 25, 2013 2:46PM
I sure would hope somebody proof reads their article before publishing it.
"No new iDevices have been unveiled or released since October 2013".  We are still in June 2013 folks.

Jun 25, 2013 11:52AM

Coming next year: iPhone subscriptions. The new edition in your mailbox by the 5th of each and every month.


The only problem is, How does one find the will to live from the 6th until the 5th of the next month?

Jun 25, 2013 12:42PM
Nice hope and hype but where's the real products? Nokia's Lumia and Samsung's Galaxy already trump Apple's iToys.
Jun 25, 2013 2:13PM
Doesn't take a genius to realize this is whats killing Apple's market share. How about you focus on the 6 then see where technology is before you make the next one. The original i-phone was popular and cutting edge but 3,4 and 5 have had no real significant changes. Obviously if you already have the I-phone 9 designed now it will be behind in technology and advancements in 10 years when you release it.

Never owned a I-phone and never will.  
Jun 25, 2013 2:34PM
I figure the iPhone 8 or 9 plus will project HD 3D holograms of callers, right?  At around $20 a month, prepaid.  By 2018 or so.
Jun 25, 2013 2:31PM

Why would you write that all of these phones are in the works. Why not just skip 6 and 7 at this point and come out with eight. Why make your customer buy every phone to get to eight at this point. #6 should be the only one mentioned. Now there are no suprises left.


Jun 25, 2013 11:38AM

Who cares?


I wouldn't trade my nokia 920 for a iphone 15 let alone a 6, 7 or 8

Jun 25, 2013 2:06PM

Same old design, look nothing really change since i3...and the only thing that really change is the numb...

Apple know that their phone is suck...

Jun 25, 2013 2:22PM
Yes Crapple  SUCKS, now !!!!! It's over for them..... They are DONE
Jun 25, 2013 1:24PM
WhoTF cares? Get a job nerd. Maybe one of Job's sweat shops in China would suffice?
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