Chip production has entered the era of the 3nm process, and both Samsung and TSMC have started to use this technology to produce chips for customers. The iPhone 15 series, which is expected to be released next year, has a high chance of using the A17 Bionic processor manufactured by TSMC with 3nm process technology. The new process technology may make the pricing of the iPhone 15 series higher than expected.
The A17 Bionic processor developed by Apple will be manufactured by TSMC and produced with 3nm process technology. Under the new technology, transistors shrink, so that there are more transistors in the chip, and the result is improved performance and more energy saving. The A15 Bionic and A16 Bionic processors used in the iPhone 14 series both use 5nm process technology, and upgrading to new technologies also increases costs.
Every time the process technology improves, the wafer price also increases. Foreign media reported that TSMC’s 7nm wafers were priced at US$10,000 per piece, and later upgraded to a 5nm process, and the wafer price also increased by 60% to US$16,000. The latest news indicates that TSMC plans to price 3nm wafers at more than $20,000 per piece. The increase in wafer cost will inevitably lead to an increase in production costs, and the price increase of the iPhone 15 series will be expected.
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