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“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein
APPLE HAS STARTED THE PRODUCTION OF A12 PROCESSORS FOR IPHONE COMING THIS YEAR
Apple’s supplier and manufacturing partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) have started the production of next generation processor ‘A12’ for the Apple iPhone coming this year.
WHAT COULD WE EXPECT FROM NEW A12 PROCESSORS?
The next generation processor by Apple is going to be called ‘A12’, which could be a very first 7-nanometer process in mobile device. A process on which the industry has been working from many years.
Basically, 7-nanometer technology is the density of transistors on a chip. This small process will allow to produce smaller sized chips, that are fast and efficient. As of now, the leading processor that comes with Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X is A11 Bionic and when talking about Android, its Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, which are produced with 10-nanometer process.
TSMC MAY POST RECORD PROFITS IN 2018
By this deal, as the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will gradually be ramping up mass production on 7-nanometer process for A12 processors, TSMC may post record profits in 2018.
According to sources, TSMC may record high of 20% in 2018 for 7nm process, and can also register annual revenue growth of over 10% in second half of the year.
TSMC also declared, that on Friday, in the Tainan Science Park, Southern Taiwan, a new production facility will be built solely for the purpose of production of 3-nanometer chips worth $15.7 Billion. This will definitely generate much more revenue that we could all think of.
WHAT OTHER MAJOR MOBILE BRANDS ARE DOING ABOUT THIS?
Recently, Samsung also announced that they will also be producing 7-nanometer chips from next year. Samsung has also partnered with TSMC in the past, and worked on A9 chips in iPhone 6S. But, now TSMC is Apple’s exclusive SoC partner.
According to reports, this fall, Apple is planning to launch three new iPhone models, which are, an updated model of iPhone X, a plus-sized variant of iPhone X, and low-budget phone with 6.1-inch LCD screen.
Also Read: 10 Lesser Known facts about Apple
PS4 IS ENTERING THE END OF ITS LIFE CYCLE AS SALES GOES DOWN
According to Takashi Mochizuki, Wall Street Journal, PlayStation 4 is entering the end of its lifecycle as said by Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, John Kodera.
WHAT JOHN KODERA SAID?
In Sony’s Corporate Strategy Meeting, John Kodera, PlayStation boss said the PlayStation 4 is entering the end of its life cycle, which would have negative impact to the unit, but recurring revenue via membership services, etc. should cushion some of that as reported by the Wall Street journal Takashi Mochizuki. According to Takashi, Kodera is also trying to talk to investors and analysts about the health of PlayStation 4. To which Kodera told analysts and investors that the period until March 2021 would be when PlayStation to “crouch down once” to grow further in the future.
Kodera on PlayStation VR said that, as a platform PSVR is growing, but not up to the level of what was projected. Not only PSVR is having a hard time, but also their cable TV substitute PS Vue is facing lukewarm response from fans and users.
CAN WE EXPECT DECREASE IN THE PRICES OF PLAYSTATION 4?
Yes, we think definitely PS4 prices will go down, but only in case when PlayStation 5 comes in to play. Because, the statement given by Kodera might be a ring to PlayStation 5. For now, it is not best to get your hopes high as it isn’t confirmed yet.
All in all, what we can conclude is, as the sales of PS4 is going down, this doesn’t mean that it is going out. PS4 is out there for some time, but you never know, what’s going to come your way.