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More iPhone 7 rumors trickle out ahead of iPhone 6s launch

Published Sep 14th, 2015 3:24PM EDT
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The iPhone 6s is already selling better than last year’s model, with Apple having already confirmed that first weekend sales are on pace to top 10 million. Meanwhile, as buyers are looking to score a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus for delivery on September 25th, more iPhone 7 rumors are popping up online.

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A new report from China indicates that Apple has already inked a deal for next year’s A10 chip that’ll likely power the iPhone 7 and various iPad models, choosing TSMC as the sole maker of the new chip. The report follows an earlier leak from a much more reliable source, stating that next year’s iPhone 7 will be insanely thin.

Quoting Chinese news site Commercial Times, Digitimes says that TSMC will build the A10 processor using 16nm FinFET technology, using “in-house developed backend integrated fan-put (InFO) wafer-level packaging.” G for Games speculates that InFo technology might let TSMC manufacture the chip on a SiP (System in Package) design.

Mass-production for the new chip will begin as soon as March 2016, with the iPhone 7 likely set to launch six months later.

TSMC will also continue to make other A-series chips for iOS devices, including the A8 processor that was used for last year’s iPhone 6 models and the A9 chip found inside the iPhone 6s generation. According to the report, TSMC won 50% of A9 chip orders this year, with Samsung responsible for making the other half.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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