NEW DELHI: Apple’s upcoming iPad tablets’ launch may reportedly get delayed due to production issues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The company is said to be witnessing lower-than-expected yield rates on on the 10-nanometer A10X chips that Apple is said to be using in its upcoming tablets.
According to a report in Digitimes, TSMC’s poor yield rates may hurt Apple’s iPad launch schedule. For those unaware, the A10X is supposed to be more efficient than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. While the Snapdragon 820 is made using 14nm process, the Apple’s A10X is said to be made using 10nm process. The lower the nm count, the more efficient the processor is said to be.
The report adds that TSMC is also responsible for manufacturing Apple’s A11 chips that are likely to power the company’s much-rumoured iPhone 8. The mass production of A11 is set to start during the second quarter of 2017.
Apple is speculated to be planning to launch its next-generation iPads in March 2017. The company is rumored to be launching three iPads next quarter: updates to its 9.7- and 12.9-inch models, as well as an all-new 10.5-inch variant.
As for Samsung, it has been mentioned that since South Korean consumer electronics giant too is experiencing low-yield for its 10nm processor and that this may have an impact on Qualcomm’s roadmap for 2017. Qualcomm plans to launch its Snapdragon 835 and other processor such as Snapdragon 660 using Samsung 10nm process. Snapdragon 835 is expected to power most flagship smartphones in 2017, including the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8.
As for Apple, the company was said to start the production of its 10.5-inch iPad model this month. As far as the sales estimations are concerned, the 10.5-inch variant is expected to sell around 2 million units in Q1, eventually soaring up to 5-6 million by the end of the 2017. The particular model is also expected to feature slimmer screen bezels than the current models.
According to analysts, the three new iPads may launch in March next year. Out of the three, two will be upgrades and the third will be a new variant.