The Next iPhone's A12 Chip Is Ready to Beat Android (Again)

The iPhone's A11 Bionic processor wipes the floor with every Android phone when it comes to performance, and now Apple is readying a successor that's even faster and more efficient.

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The company's manufacturing partner Taiwan Semiconductor has started to mass-produce the A12 processor we'll find in this year's iPhones, Bloomberg is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of those production efforts. According to the report, the the new chip will feature a 7-nanometer design instead of the 10-nanometer process Apple used in last year's A11 chips.

The smaller chips should allow for more design flexibility, but will also likely be faster and more efficient, allowing for better performance and longer battery life.

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Of course, it's no surprise that Apple is already working on getting processors for its upcoming iPhones. The company is reportedly planning to release three new iPhones this year that will likely be unveiled in September.

It appears Apple is planning three new handsets. The first will be the successor to last year's iPhone X and come with a 5.8-inch OLED screen, according to reports. The second will be a larger version of the iPhone X with a 6.5-inch display. A third model, which could have a 6.1-inch LCD screen, could be the budget model in the group.

It's unclear from the Bloomberg report which of those models will come with the A12 chip, but if history is any guide, all three models would sport the new processor. Still, several reports have said that the LCD iPhone will be cheaper than the others, which suggests Apple might opt for a lower-end CPU for that model.

Don Reisinger is CEO and founder of D2 Tech Agency. A communications strategist, consultant, and copywriter, Don has also written for many leading technology and business publications including CNET, Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Forbes, Computerworld, Digital Trends, TechCrunch and Slashgear. He has also written for Tom's Guide for many years, contributing hundreds of articles on everything from phones to games to streaming and smart home.

  • Eric_2516
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  • gpaddict
    Apple sucks, I am NOT getting rid of my Android anytime soon!!
  • bradleyr001
    As fast as ALL top tier processors are now, that is no longer a strong selling point. The speed gains are discernable to the human eye, so don't give a sh!t what the A12 speed is. What features does the new iPhone bring to the table? A bigger screen... Meh. More pixels... Meh. Compatible with stuff other than Apple propietary 'stuff', now that would be a game changer. Until then, Android products will get my money.
  • bradleyr001
    "are NOT discernable" to the human eye
  • cpubuff
    I agree with all the comments above.
  • mcannall
    No news here, a new phone will have a new processor. Will the battery last all week on a single charge? That would be news.
  • os2baba
    Exactly! Who gives a rat's ass about the CPU speeds? They are all plenty fast. The workflow on iOS is totally inefficient compared to Android and that takes real time to process actions. Make the freaking phone thicker with a bigger battery. Better yet, make the back of plastic (the Nokia kind) and make the battery removable. HTC did it for years as did Samsung and still managed water proofing it before they got sucked into the stupid metal and glass unified body hype. Metal and glass - the two worst materials to make a phone with. And if you are going to make a glass body, then make it as solid as the indestructible Moto phones.