The next iPhone could use beefy 7nm chips now in production

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Apple’s not wasting any time shrinking its iPhone processing chips.

According to a new report by Bloomberg, the company’s next generation of iPhones could sport processors utilising the 7nm process.

The chip will likely bear the Apple A12 name tag, but it’s not clear what the suffix will be. The A11 received the Bionic moniker, and used the 10nm process.

Shrinking processors has a number of benefits for manufacturers and users. For one, Apple could shove more transistors onto the chip itself, bolstering processing power. Additionally, a smaller chip means less heat and lower power consumption.

Samsung — Apple’s rival, but also its chip manufacturing vendor — is also set to join Apple come 2019 with its 7nm processors.

TSMC already manufactures chips using its 7nm process.

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