The A12 chipset is said to be faster, yet smaller than previous generation chips, with a 7-nanometer design from Taiwanese supplier TSMC, reports Bloomberg.
We saw a similar jump in speed and efficiency when moving from phones with 12nm to 10nm chips. Plus, Apple can make more use of the space. Every nanometer counts in a smartphone.
What it says about the iPhone 2018 release date
You shouldn't expect the next iPhone any sooner than September – the iPhone X's A11 Fusion chipset also went into production in May of last year, notes 9to5mac.
It's right on time, if you're judging from this believable production line leak. That should put us on track for an early September Apple iPhone launch event.
What should you expect? The latest rumors point to an iPhone XI Plus, an iPhone XI and an LCD-equipped cheaper iPhone X equivalent, what we're calling an iPhone 9.
We're finding new iPhone 2018 names unpredictable following the iPhone X name that was a real wildcard. They're completely up to the Apple team's imagination.
On the other hand, the flow of leaks from production sources is staying decidedly predictable and out of Apple's control, despite its best leak-thwarting efforts. We're bound to have more.