TSMC has been Apple's exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s A-series chips, and as per a latest report from Chinese website Digitimes, it will continue to do so. This chipset will be fabricated using a 7 nanometer chipset reportedly be called A13.
Tp recall, the A12 bionic chipset, which powers the latest lineup of iPhones -- iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR -- is also based on 7nm FinFET process. For 2019, the A13 chip will continue to be made on a 7 nanometer process. Digitimes says that the volume production will be boosted in the second quarter. The A13 chipset will be different from its predecessor as TMSC "would be adopting extreme ultraviolet lithography for the first time."
Besides the iPhones, the Digitimes report also suggests that Apple will be launching new version of AirPods as well as new iPads in the first half of 2019.
As for MacBooks, the shipments are predicted to fall slightly this year as compared to 2018. However, at the same time, it has been alleged that the sales of the total units of AirPods and Apple Watch are expected to be record high. The report also reveals that in 2019, the iPhone maker will also launch the successor to the Apple Watch Series 4, but there is no information on what the upcoming smartwatch may offer.
Previously, Digitimes has said that Apple is likely to bring at least two new iPad tablets. The report suggests that two of the Taiwan-based touch panel makers namely General Interface Solution (GIS) and TPK Holding will be proving panels for the ‘new iPad series’. Also mentioned is that the company is expected to launch two entry-level iPad devices in the first half of 2019. The line-up may include the fifth-generation iPad Mini tablet along with an ‘entry-level iPad’, specifics of which are not yet known.