With the release of the iPhone 13 series, the market demand for new mobile phones has rebounded, and Apple is also increasing the number of A15 Bionic orders to TSMC. In order to allocate capacity more effectively, Apple has also reduced orders for chips for older iPhone models, including iPhone 11 and the 2020 iPhone SE.
According to MacRumors, there are currently delays in the shipment of iPhone 13 models around the world, and it may take three to four weeks to wait. At the same time, shipments of iPhone 11 and the 2020 iPhone SE have also been delayed. Due to its high performance, iPhone 11 is still favored by many users, but it will face a five-week delay in shipment. Due to shortages in various aspects of the supply chain, Apple needs to increase A15 Bionic orders on the one hand, and on the other hand, in order to ensure the supply of new phones, TSMC had to give priority to A15 Bionic orders. The two sides negotiated to reduce orders for old iPhone chips.
Apple has always been a priority customer of TSMC. Even so, production capacity is still very tight. In addition, the shortage of chips has forced Apple to increase the number of suppliers. For example, the memory chips of the latest iPhone models use Kioxia’s flash memory, not just Samsung’s products. At the same time, SK Hynix has also joined the supply of memory chips.
According to Wccftech reports, recent tests of A15 Bionic show that the new SoC provides greater performance and battery life. In the Geekbench 5 benchmark test, A15 Bionic’s single-core performance score is 727, and the multi-core performance score is 3497. Even in low-power mode, A15 Bionic has a very good performance, comparable to Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the Geekbench 5 multi-core performance test.