Rumor has it that Apple plans to mass-produce the A14X processor for Apple Silicon Macs. However, a recent report said that the company is developing a new desktop processor called “A14T”. This chip, along with a graphics processor designed by Apple will be released in 2021 and “The Apple” has designed a series of new “A15” chips for iPhone 13.
According to the China Times, the Cupertino-based company that has a research and development project code-named Mt Jade is developing new microprocessors. The GPU designed by Apple is internally called “Lifuka” – the name of an island in the Kingdom of Tonga.
“Lifuka”, “A14T” and other “A15” processors are said to be built using TSMC’s 5nm process. Currently, the iPhone 12 series also uses TSMC’s 5nm process.
TSMC was previously said to be developing Apple’s “A16” chip on a 3nm process, which is expected to be available on iPhones and iPads by 2022. According to China Times, iPhone 13 in 2021 will use the same processor. “A15 Bionic”, is based on an enhanced version of the 5nm process TSMC will launch in 2021.
It is known that the first Apple Mac Silicon computers expected to appear in November will use the processor “A14X”. “A15 Bionic” for iPhone 13 will be released in the third quarter of 2021. “A15T” will follow.
China Times expects TSMC to design 5nm processors for other companies, including Qualcomm, Broadcom and MediaTek. However, TSMC is recently reported to have lost its core staff to “rival” companies, so it will face considerable competition.