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TSMC begins mass production of Apple's A11 chipset despite issues with yield.

, May 12 --

Apple's next generation of iPhones are expected to be powered by company's A11 processor. According to a new report by Digitimes , TSMC has officially begun mass production of A11 chipset, which isbased on 10nm process. TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) will be the sole supplier of A11 processors for next iPhones.

The report adds that TSMC wanted to start mass production in April, but due to issues with yields had to postpone it. "TSMC has begun 10nm chip production for Apple's next-generation Iphone 8 series. Production was once affected by issues involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process, but they have already been solved," the sources told Digitimes.

Apple A11 chipset will be the successor to existing A10 Fusion chipsets powering the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Like in the past, Apple has custom designed the layout of this processor with its own specification. Most reports now suggest the iPhone 8 will feature a complete redesign with stainless steel casing and glass back. The handset is likely to pack a 5.8-inch OLED display into a footprint similar to that of the existing iPhone 7. A recent leaked render hints at vertical layout for dual-rear camera and introduction of a new 3D facial-recognition camera at the front.

Some analysts also believe that the mass production of iPhone 8 might not begin until October or November. The company is rumoured to showcase the product in September, but the device may go on sale only later this year or early next year. However, aseparate report also said the iPhone 8 production is on schedule and will go on sale in October.

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