As we all know, the more advanced the chip technology, the higher the transistor density inside the chip, and bring better performance and function in unit area. According to foreign media reports, the 2020 iPhone will be a smartphone using a 5nm SoC (A14) process.
Early Apple A4 processors were manufactured using a 45-nm process, but just a few years later, today's top SoCs, such as Miaolong 855 and Kirin 980, have been manufactured using a 7-nm process. It is rumored that the Miaolong 985 processor will be used for the first time in the ultra-violet lithography (EUV) process to design IC layout more accurately and further improve performance.
According to previous reports, TSMC plans to start mass production of 5nm chips in the first quarter of next year. Preliminary data show that the number of transistors will increase by 1.8 times and the performance will increase by 15% compared with 7Nm transistors.
In addition, it is reported that Qualcomm's next generation flagship chip, Yuelong 865, will be manufactured by Samsung OEM instead of TSMC and will be manufactured by 7Nm EUV process.
This year's 2019 iPhones will continue to use the 7Nm A13 processor, which should be routinely upgraded in terms of performance, AI and other basic specifications.
It's not clear how much improvement 5 nm will bring, but last year, when Apple launched 7 nm, Apple will be ahead of its competitors in processing technology for some time.