According to the trade publication DigiTimes, the quarterly chip demand for iPhone in the second half of this year will surpass 50 million units. Apple revealed that the company is preparing to stockpile processors and other chips for this year’s iPhones. According to sources, the total number of chip orders will reach between 220 million and 230 million units. This means that Apple is having to meet strong demand for display panels such as the OLED-based iPhone 8, the iterative LCD-based iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus updates.
A report today announced a list of suppliers that will likely build various chips for this year iPhones including ADI, Broadcom, Cirrus Logic, Cypress, NXP, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), which majors in mass-producing a lot of A10 Fusion processors for iPhone 7, will exclusively manufacture Apple’s custom-designed A11 processors that will be used for the upcoming iPhone models this year . According to sources, there are some companies which not only have a close relationship with Apple, but also heavily depend on the giant technology firm to get profits This includes Dialog Semiconductor (power management chips), Cirrus Logic (audio chips), Foxconn (manufacturing), Japan Display (display panels), Glu Mobile (mobile games) as well as Imagination Technologies (GPU designs).
Currently Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited has made a promise that they will ramp up the production of ten-nanometer chips for the second half of 2017.
Apple has been rumored to launch up to three iPhone models this year including a premium iPhone 8 with OLED display, an iPhone 7s and an iPhone 7s Plus. Sources say that Apple is having to deal with supply issues that force it to bring OLED panels to the high-end iPhone 8 only this year.
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