Samsung is already making components for Apple’s next-gen iPhone — currently unofficially called iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 — Korean site Electronic Times has learned. After earlier reports suggested that Samsung may have won the contract to mass-produce the next-gen A9 chip using its 14nm FinFET technology, the publication says the company this week began producing Apple’s brand new chip in its Austin, Texas plant.
The A9 chip should be even more efficient and powerful than previous iPhone and iPad chips, and should be found on board next-year’s iPhone and iPad models. Pocket-lint says 14nm FinFET chips should consume 35% less energy while offering 20% more power than their predecessors. Furthermore, the chips should be 15% smaller than 20nm chips.
Even so, that doesn’t mean Apple’s next-gen iPhone will be unveiled earlier than next fall, although Apple could launch certain 2015 iPads using the chip before the iPhone 6s/7 is official.
In addition to Apple, other companies are also expected to use 14nm FinFET chips, Pocket-lint says.