Apple?s iPhone 7 release date has reportedly been set back from its original schedule ?because of the disaster that hit its major chip suppliers. But, according to recent reports, these suppliers are already eyeing to start a large-scale production of the components needed to assemble Apple?s flagship smartphone soon.
During the first week of February, TSMC was affected by the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Taiwan which caused the decrease of wafer shipments of the company. It was previously assessed as nothing serious but further investigation suggested that it was ?more than what was originally assessed.? Luckily, there have been progressed so far that could drastically make a difference in the release date of Apple?s flagship handsets.
According to Digitimes, Cirrus Logic, Analog Devices and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are the companies that Apple contracted to provide the crucial inner components of the upcoming smartphone. It is also said that these companies already ?requested their foundry and back-end service providers to reserve a significant portion of their production capacities in the second and third quarters.?
Cirrus Logic and Analog Devices are said to be responsible in providing major IC for Apple which will play a critical role in creating a slimmer flagship smartphone with dual-lens design.
TSMC, on the other hand, is reportedly responsible for the processor of the next iPhone. They will be the sole provider of the A10 chip which will play a vital role in making both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus. The A10 chip is said to be mass produced this coming June 2016.
Furthermore, as reported by Yibada, the 7 plus will also have ?high-end shooting features such as optical zoom and optical stabilization.? Plus, cosmetic alterations like the ?ditching of the protruding main camera lens due to the use of a better technology,? is also part of the camera upgrade which will also be made available by the companies mentioned.
Meanwhile, Apple is set to unveil the 4-inch iPhone 5SE, iPad Air 3, and probably a model or two of the MacBook Pro and Air 2016 lineup this coming March.
Going back, iPhone 7?s release date is still unclear but it is great news that the companies responsible for providing the critical components for its gadgets are already doing some progress in compensating for the time lost due to the disaster.
The flagship smartphones of Apple are expected to be released in September when its predecessor iPhone 6s hits its one year mark in the market.