According to British multinational banking and financial service firm HSBC, next year’s Apple A10 chip will be manufactured exclusively by Taiwan’s TSMC.
In the past, Apple relied exclusively on Samsung to manufacture its custom mobile chipsets, but starting with the A7, it decided to add TSMC to the equation as well. Apple’s newest SoC, the A9 is also manufactured by both TSMC and Samsung. However, some tests have found that the A9 chips manufactured by TSMC seem to perform better in benchmarks as well as in terms of battery life.
Bagging 100% order of the Apple A10 is expected to result in $300 million sales for TSMC in 2016, growing to $1 billion in the following year. The Apple A10 SoC will power the company’s iPhone 7 models next year.