Apple's A12 chip offers 20 to 30 percent gains



2018 WATCH SET a big year for Apple fanbois (and girls), because the company is reportedly planning to launch three new smartphones: the iPhone 9, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus.

If the rumors are legitimate, the iPhone 9 will be the & # 39; entry model & # 39; from Apple and package an iPhone X-a-like 6.1-inch LCD with space above for Face ID. The so-called iPhone 11 and 11 Plus, also called the iPhone X2 and iPhone X Plus, will contain 5.8-inch and 6.5-OLED screens respectively, with rumors that also point to enhanced camera settings, an improved 7 nm A11 CPU, and a brand new USB-C charger.

We have completed everything we know about Apple & # 39; s inbound trio of iPhones below and will update this article as we hear more.

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The 2018 iPhones from Apple will, if released in the past, make their official debut in September. The iPhones of last year were unveiled on September 15 and went on sale the following week on September 22nd.

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According to rumors, the iPhone 9 will be most affordable in the 2018 iPhones from Apple. Apple guru Ming-Chi Kuo expects that the smartphone will be sold for $ 600- $ 700 (around £ 450- £ 530).

There is still no word on how much the iPhone 11 or 11 Plus will pick up at the launch, but as something like the iPhone X last year, do not expect them to be cheap.

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28/8/18:
Apple's 2018 iPhones seem to offer a considerable improvement in performance Macworld, who looked at what we can expect from the incoming 7nm A12 chip from TSMC.

Based on TSMC's own claims and a number of well-founded estimates, Macworld says it expects the A12 processor to deliver 20 to 30 percent performance gains compared to last year's A11 Bionic CPU, along with a 40 percent reduction in power consumption.

It expects the 7nm processor to hold on to a six-core design, giving it a multi-core performance rating of around 13,000 in Geekbench 4. For single-core performance this will probably be the A11's 4217 score increase to around 5000 points.

21/8/18: The 2018 iPhones from Apple are available for pre-order in less than a month from September 14, according to the German publication Macerkopf. The website, stating two non-appointed German airlines, reports that networks are preparing to take pre-orders on September 14, suggesting that Apple plans an announcement later that week, probably on 12 September.

Last year we saw new iPhones announced on September 12, pre-orders started on September 14 and then an official release on September 22.

17/8/18: Taiwanese publication Economic daily news has backed up messages that the 2018 OLED iPhones from Apple are delivered with the Apple Pencil report. The site, which received information from industry insiders, claims that the second generation iPhone X and 6.5 in iPhone X Plus are both compatible with the Apple Pencil, but notes that the 6.1in LCD model not compatible with the stylus.

15/8/18: Apple's 2018 iPhones offer Apple Pencil support and a built-in storage capacity of up to 512 GB, according to research firm TrendForce.

It is unclear whether these features, similar to those on the newly launched Galaxy Note 9 from Samsung, will be available on all three incoming iPhones or reserved for Apple's higher OLED models.

These OLED models will, not surprisingly, be more expensive than the "budget" 6.1 inch LCD iPhone 9, which Trendforce expects to have a starting price of about $ 699 to $ 749. The so-called iPhone X (2018) and iPhone X Plus According to the research firm, starting prices are $ 899 to $ 949 and $ 999 respectively.

The report confirms that the two OLED models have already been assembled, while the budget LCD model starts fitting in mid-September, according to the rumored release dates of September and October of the smartphones.

14/8/18: Yet another video with Apple's 2018-iPhones has appeared on YouTube (down), thanks to DetroitBORG. The seven-minute video shows new dummy devices obtained by Sonny Dickson and refers to incoming devices like the iPhone 9, iPhone X (2018) and iPhone X Plus. The clip does not have many surprises in store, but the "reasonably accurate" models show that all three of the new iPhones have a carved design for Face ID. On the & # 39; cheap & # 39; LCD iPhone 9 has a camera with one lens at the back, while its probably more expensive siblings will retain the dual camera system of the iPhone X.

9/8/18: The well-known telephone critic, Marques Brownlee, gave us the best look at the 2018 iPhones from Apple, although he probably refers to them as 2019 models, probably by accident.

Posted in a video on YouTube (Below), Brownlee goes hands-on with dummies of the so-called iPhone X2, iPhone X Plus and iPhone 9, which confirms that the notch will have the same size on all three models, and that the 6.5in iPhone X Plus will have a smaller design than the Apple's current iPhone 8 Plus.

It also gives us a good view of the excellent camera lenses on the three iPhones, with the iPhone X2 and X Plus packing both dual camera setups, while the LCD model sticks with a camera on the back of one lens. This & # 39; cheaper & # 39; According to Browlee, this model will also hold onto Apple's first generation Face ID technology, while the duo of iPhone X models will be upgraded to the second generation of the company.

7/8/18: We've seen many mock-ups from Apple's incoming iPhones, but thanks to a new leak thanks to Slashleaks, we may have caught a glimpse of a 6.1 in iPhone 9 in the flesh for the first time.

The image (above), which seems to have been taken in a factory, gives us a somewhat hazy look at the back of the so-called iPhone 9. If this succeeds, the leak confirms that the 6.1 inch LCD iPhone will contain a larger camera sensor in combination with a repositioning of a double LED flash.

6/8/18: Apple's rumored dual-SIM iPhone will be exclusive to China, according to a report by Economic daily news.

The Chinese news publisher, citing a source at Foxconn, reports that the 6.1in LCD iPhone is the only model supporting the functionality, making the handset available in both single and dual-SIM models; the last of which it claims will be made available exclusively in China.

According to the report, Apple has made the decision because it is common for people in China to have more than one mobile phone number, with as many as three to four billion consumers using double SIM cards.

3/8/18: Apple will not bundle a Lightning-to-3.5 mm adapter with its 2018 iPhones, according to Cohen analyst Matthew D Ramsay.

Cirrus Logic, which makes audio hardware for iDevices, placed its budget for the fiscal quarter this week, which Ramsey claims "everything except that Apple does not bundle the DAC headset converter in its new iPhone models."

From Apple Insider, Notes Ramsay that the dongle will continue to ship with older iPhone models, only not with Apple's incoming iPhone 9, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus.

1/8/18: Apple's latest iOS 12 beta has spilled even more secrets, with references spotted to the 6.5in iPhone X Plus.

Brazilian news site from Apple iHelpBR has found evidence in the fifth beta-12 beta that seems to confirm that the device will have a screen resolution of 1242×2688 and support the design of iPad-like landscape apps. According to the digging of the website, stock apps such as Calendar, Contacts and Messages are already being optimized for a landscape layout.

"Apple released the fifth version of iOS 12 for developers yesterday, and to our surprise it was possible to view the new build with the supposed resolution of the iPhone XS Plus in landscape mode as they appear on the larger screens. " iHelpBR noted.

31/7/18: Apple released the fifth beta version of iOS 12 developers on Monday, which seems to have confirmed that the company plans to introduce an iPhone model with two SIM cards this year.

Spotted by 9to5Mac, a component of the system responsible for generating diagnostic reports contains new references to "second SIM status" and a "second SIM loading status", while another component refers to a "dual sim device". All this confirms that this year a dual-SIM model debuts, although it remains to be seen if it will reach its way to Blighty.

30/7/18: Twitter informant Benjamin Geskin has shared images of what he claims to be dummy units of the 6.5in iPhone 11 Plus and the 6.1in LCD iPhone 9 (down).

The images, if legitimate, do not tell us so much, we do not know yet, but & # 39; confirm & # 39; that the LCD iPhone has a single rear camera, while the iPhone 11 Plus uses a dual camera format similar to that on the iPhone X, not a triple lens camera as previously speculated. As expected, they also show the so-called iPhone 9 with larger edges than its brother with the higher specifications.

26/7/18: Qualcomm has, just as when it closed its NXP merger, confirmed that Intel will be the only supplier of modem chips for the 2018 iPhones of Apple.

According to a confirmation from a previous report by Ming-Chi Kuo, CFO of Qualcomm, George Davis, confirmed on Wednesday: "Apple plans to use only the modems of our competitors instead of our modems in the next iPhone release . " We will continue to supply modems for Apple's old devices. "

Davis did not mention Intel by name, but the rival chip maker is the only other supplier of that component for Apple's smartphones.

Apple's decision to dump Qualcomm is probably due to the escalating tensions between the two companies, which have been involved in a legal battle for more than a year.

25/7/18: The cheapest of the 2018 iPhones from Apple, the 6.1in LCD iPhone 9, will be made available in six different colors Macotakara.

Apple guru Ming-Chi Kuo has already had a similar prediction and last month claimed the LCD iPhone to come in gold, gray, white, blue, red and orange color options. MacotakaraOn the other hand, the colors predicts white, black, flash yellow, bright orange, electric blue and taupe – all colors of cases that Apple currently flogs.

There is no red color in the prediction of Macotakara, which makes sense, as this color is usually reserved for Apple's (PRODUCT) RED launches.

This iPhone 5C-like color range will probably be reserved for the iPhone 9, with rumors that the 5.8in and 6.5in iPhone 11 and 11 Plus will only be available in three colors: gold, gray and silver.

19/7/18: Apple's inbound USB-C fast charger is exclusive to 2018 iPhones, despite being compatible with previous versions.

That says Japanese blog Macotakara, who reports that the 18W charger comes with a USB-C to Lightning connection, is not available to purchase separately due to delivery restrictions. The first offer will only meet the needs of Apple for 2018 iPhones, so buyers have to wait until next year to purchase the accessory.

17/7/18: Apple's entry-level lens 2018 will not have an edge-to-edge screen similar to the iPhone X according to leaked glass panels.

Images posted by Twitter tipster Benjamin Geskin (below) have first known us to glass panels that supposedly contain Apple's so-called iPhone 9, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus.

If all goes well, the images confirm that a low-cost, 6.1-inch LCD-iPhone 9 will not have a fully screenless display of the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models, despite Apple's plan for new backlight-reducing to apply chips to a full screen design.

The leak does not give away much else, except that all three models adopt a notched design to facilitate Apple's Face ID technology.

13/7/18: Apple will use backlit chips for the upcoming LCD iPhone to equip it with a full screen design.

A report from Digitimes claims that Apple "exclusively" will use the 0.3t LED chips from Japanese manufacturers Nichia for its 6.1in LCD iPhone, which will equip the device with the same brightness as previous LCD models, but also with the same super thin edge as the iPhone X .

"While LTPS-LCD smartphones with backlights with 0.4t LED chips have bottom attachments of 4.0-4.5mm, the use of 0.3t LED chips can reduce them to 2.0-2.5mm, thus reducing the competitive position of LCD displays compared to OLED screens will be improved (without frame)) screens panels ", the report explains.

Digitimes notes that while the use of 0.3t LED chips brings greater technical risk, especially when it comes to accuracy and stability, Nichia "successfully started production" in the first half of 2018.

According to previous rumors, Apple's LCD iPhone – which is expected to be the cheapest of the company's three incoming iPhones with a starting price of $ 700 – will reportedly be made available in the gray, white, blue, red and orange options.

5/17/18: Apple is reportedly planning to introduce no less than five new color options with its 2018 iPhone setup.

At least that is according to a report by the well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, seen by 9to5Mac. He claims that the 6.5 inch OLED iPhone, which is expected to appear as the iPhone X Plus, will be offered in black, white and a new gold option.

The & # 39; entry & # 39; 6.1-inch LCD-iPhone reportedly makes its debut in more out-there gray, white, blue, red and orange flavors.

As noted by 9to5Mac, the reference to & # 39; gray & # 39; and & # 39; white & # 39; models could be a nod to Apple's current Space Gray and Silver finishes, while the rumored red model might come as part of Apple's PRODUCT (RED) setup – although it usually comes months after an iPhone launched.

There is still no question whether the 5.8in iPhone X successor will be offered in new color variations.

In his research text, Kuo also increases its prediction for iPhone sales. He expects the cheaper LCD iPhone to account for 55 percent of sales when the new iPhones are launched, and even more to 2019.

He also expects a surge in demand and expects Apple to see significant growth with sales of 70 million iPhones in the fourth quarter.

4/7/18: Images posted on Chinese blog Chongdiantou claim to show off the USB-C charger that comes with this year's iPhones.

The images could catch a glimpse of an "engineering sample" of the 18-watt USB-C charger, which is expected to be bundled with the incoming iPads from Apple.

Although the labeling looks different from Apple's usual style – suggesting that this could be a third-party accessory from China – the charger design is similar to previous leaks, suggesting that the 18W accessory might be oval and USB-C would have. input.

Although the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X all support wireless charging, Apple currently does not offer the accessories to make this possible. With third-party accessories, however, USB-C fast chargers can empty up to 50 percent empty iPhone for half an hour.

3/7/18: The iPhone X Plus has appeared on Geekbench and confirms that it will offer a decent upgrade under the hood.

The handset, referred to as the & # 39; iPhone 11,2 & # 39; in the Geekbench list that was first noticed by BGR, will be equipped with a new six-core CPU (D321AP), 4GB RAM (1GB more than the iPhone X) and Apple's iOS 12 software, with a strong emphasis on performance.

The aforementioned CPU will probably be Apple's native A12 chip, built by TSMC, which is expected to be the industry's first 7nm chip, which – in theory at least – will offer more speed and better efficiency than the 10nm chips that can be found in the current iDevices.

That's right in the Geekbench scores, as the so-called & # 39; iPhone 11,2 & # 39; the current iPhone X flagship of Apple defeated with a single-core score of 4673 and a multi-core score of 10,912. The iPhone X scored respectively 4206 and 10.123 for comparison.

2/7/18: A video that shows alleged dummy models from Apple & # 39; s 6.1 in & # 39; iPhone 9 & # 39; and 6.5in & # 39; iPhone X Plus & # 39; have surfaced online.

The video (down), sent to 9to5Mac by tipster @shaimizrachi who has shared accurate dummies for iPhones in the past, shows the duo of incoming devices alongside current iPhone models, including the flagship iPhone X.

Cases from accessory creator Sketch are also shown in the video, suggesting that the cases have already begun making designs prior to an official Apple announcement in September. Probably at least.

The iPhone 9 seems, as expected, to have a single camera on the back, which makes the rumors believe that Apple will be this entry-level model this year. Earlier rumors also point to a 6.1 inch LCD screen, where Apple chooses OLED to keep the cost of the handset low.

The iPhone X Plus seems to have the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus that it is, despite packing a larger 6.5 inch screen. This is because Apple has dumped the large edges of the Plus format model in favor of the iPhone X design with a notch.

The audio-less video also seems to have a double camera setting on the back of the so-called iPhone X Plus, despite some rumors pointing to a Huawei P20-like setup with three cameras.

The video does not show the expected 5.8-inch OLED model, but Mizrachi has bullied that "another surprise" is coming.

29/6/18: Apple has reportedly beaten in LG to deliver OLED screens for its 2018 iPhones in an effort to reduce Samsung's dependency.

The South China Morning Post reports that LG Display Apple will initially provide between 2 and 4 million OLED screens, small young compared to how many tens of millions of iPhones the company is likely to produce, because it "continues to work on increasing capacity".

LG, which reportedly plans to open a new OLED production plant in the Chinese port city of Guangzhou, however, has greater ambitions and allegedly wants to secure all OLED orders for one of the 2018 iPhones from Apple, probably the 6.5in iPhone X Plus .

Such a measure would help Apple become less dependent on Samsung, which is currently the only supplier of screens for the iPhone X and is linked to the starting price of £ 1,000 on the smartphone. On the other hand, OLED screens from LG have been given rarefied ratings, especially when it comes to the bork-driven screen on Google's Pixel 2 XL.

"Securing a second supplier for OLED displays is crucial for Apple, because it makes the company less dependent on Samsung, which is currently the only supplier," said Jerry Kang, senior analyst at IHS Markit.

"At the same time, it will help accelerate wide acceptance of OLED screens, with more vendors increasing volume and, in turn, lower prices."

27/6/18: Apple's 6.1in LCD iPhone will arrive in September despite "difficulties" in mass production, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a new research comment, Kuo – now from TF International Securities after leaving KGI Securities – reiterates its earlier predictions that the mid-size iPhone will be a "popular option" thanks to the iPhone X-a-like features and a lower price tag.

He writes that the 6.1in-iPhone will have an LCD screen with a full screen (read: notched), similar to the design on the iPhone X. Due to the decision to switch to LCD, Kuo claims that mass production "harder "and will probably start later this year, but notes that the model will be ready for release in September.

And it will also be cheaper than first thought. Kuo says he expects the LCD iPhone to be sold for $ 600- $ 700 (around £ 450- £ 530), despite the fact that a starting price of $ 700- $ 800 was previously forecast.

This price is offered by the cheaper LCD screen of the handset, the removal of 3D Touch and the decision to keep a single rear camera, Kuo notes, adding that Apple will also release an LCD phone in 2019 – despite earlier speculations about a shift to a full OLED setup.

New iPhones are not the only new Apple products that may also be expected this year, according to Kuo. He notes that the company will also launch a cheaper MacBook Air, iPad Pro models with Face ID and new Apple Watch models with larger displays.

22/6/18: The biggest of the incoming 2018 iPhone trio from Apple, the iPhone X Plus, is expected to be the most popular model.

Korean website The bell reports that the so-called iPhone X Plus, which reportedly packs a 6.5 inch OLED display, is likely to be Apple's bestseller, with the company ordering more screen panels for the plus-sized handset than any other model.

It is claimed that Apple has ordered 45 million panels of 6.5 inches, compared to about 25 million panels for the successor of the 5.8in iPhone X and 30 million 6.04 inch LCD screens for the new, low-priced flagship.

The bell notes, however, that these orders can be adjusted "depending on future sales", noting that orders from Apple have been reduced earlier this year due to lower than expected demand for the iPhone X.

19/6/18: Chipmaker Intel has started to produce modem chips for the next generation of iPhones from Apple.

Thanks to the increasing tensions between Apple and Qualcomm, Intel is expected to supply the majority, if not all, modem chips for the 2018 iPhone line-up of Apple.

Nikkei reports that Intel has begun production of the XMM 7560 modem chips, the first that the chipmaker has produced internally.

"XMM 7560 [modem chips are] now in the making … It is in trial and in mass production ", said Intel's VP of Technology, System Architecture and Customer Group, Asha Keddy, according to Nikkei.

Keddy added that the XMM 7560 modem chip is a milestone for Intel because it is the first with CDMA support, meaning that iPhones equipped with the new Intel modem chips will finally be available to all major carriers.

Built on the 14nm process, the XMM 7560 is also the first Intel modem chip to offer a download speed of up to 1 Gbps with support for 35 LTE bands.

The report claims that Intel is also working with Apple on the development of the XMM 8000 series of 5G modems that are expected to debut in the iPhone models that were set to arrive in 2019.

14/6/18: The 2018 iPhones from Apple will offer improved fast charging technologies, according to new rumors.

After recent rumors that the incoming iPhone trio would be the first to come with a USB-C cable, Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang claims that Apple may be working with new vendors that can provide charging components with higher power.

In a research note seen through AppleInsiderZhang says he expects Apple to upgrade from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A charging circuits in the upcoming iPhones, thanks to a partnership with a company called Power Integrations that reportedly will replace ON Semiconductor and NXP as "the main supplier to the charging solution for all new iPhone and iPads. "

This shift enables the iPhone to "support more applications, charge faster and better compete with Android OEMs", Zhang said.

12/6/18: Apple's new iPhones are said to be shipped with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable as Apple prepares to add a USB-C port to its 2019 iDevice setup.

The unlikely rumor comes through Digitimes, which claims that Apple will bundle 2018 iPhones with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and a new 18 W charger, so users can take advantage of Type-C fast charging without having to buy additional accessories.

More interesting, Digitimes claims that Apple will use its own Lightning connection, first introduced in 2012, with USB-C in 2019. The shift, with Apple joining the rest of the smartphone world. was reportedly considered for the iPhones 2018 but left too late in the process to be implemented.

Although such a step seems unlikely, it is also logical. Apple has already used USB-C in its MacBook devices and USB Type-C is more robust than the company's own Lightning connector in terms of bandwidth.

In addition, the use of USB-C would allow Apple devices to use the same cables and charging accessories on all their devices, although bad news for those who have split Lightning headphones or other accessories.

11/6/18: Leaked schedules have given us a look at Apple's incoming iPhone X Plus and LCD & # 39; iPhone & # 39 ;.

The schedules were obtained by Forbes from accessory maker Ghostek, and there is a fair chance that the latter will have access to design information prior to the September launch of the handsets. It would also provide Forbes with precise schematics earlier, especially with a view to launching the Galaxy S9.

The first to see is the iPhone X Plus (above) of which Forbes claims it comes with a 6.5 inch OLED screen, confirming previous rumors. The device reportedly measures 157x77x78, making it slightly smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. However, it is expected to have a steel chassis, which is likely to be heavier than its predecessor with an aluminum coating and more.

The diagrams also show what Forbes claims is a triple-lens camera on the back of the iPhone X Plus, similar to that on the Huawei P20 Pro. However, one of the three cut-outs is probably a flash, as Apple is likely to switch to triple-lens cameras next year.

The following is Apple's rumored "affordable" LCD handset with long gossip (down), which Forbes claims to be the, er, & # 39; iPhone & # 39; is called.

According to this latest leak, this will have a screen of 6.1 inches and measures 147.12×71.52 mm – longer and wider than current iPhones with displays of 5.8 inches.

The report reports that the & # 39; iPhone & # 39; will come with the same Face ID technology as can be seen for the first time on the iPhone X, while the iPhone X Plus will boast second generation & # 39; mug-scanning technology.

7/6/18: Apple & # 39; s inbound trio of iPhones may be cheaper than expected.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, famous for his accurate predictions from Apple, said in a recent research letter (via MacRumours) that the prices for Apple's incoming iPhones could start at just $ 600 (£ 465). With that you get the 6.1in LCD model according to Samsung.

Apple's 5.8 in iPhone 6 successor costs between $ 800- $ 900 (£ 600- £ 670), claims Kuo, meaning that despite offering comparable specifications for the current iPhone X, it could be

As expected, the large 6.5-inch OLED iPhone is the most expensive of Apple's 2018 smartphones, while Kuo predicts a starting price between $ 900 and $ 1,000 (£ 670- £ 745).

Kuo said in his research paper: "We predict that Apple will adopt a more aggressive pricing policy for the following reasons: (1) concern about the negative impact of a higher price in an adult smartphone market on the momentum, (2) improved cost structure, which mainly is attributed to improvements in assembly yields of end products and 3D detection and cost reduction of components, and (3) increasing users of Face ID in favor of the promotion of the Apple service and the ecosystem. "

Kuo also believes that Apple will announce and release all three 2018 iPhones in September, including the LCD model of which recent reports claimed it will not be sent until November.


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