Mar 24th, Indian local officials confirm that Apple is to start manufacturing iPhones in Bengaluru within a few month. The factory jointly set up by Apple and Wistron will be makng iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE.
For the Year of 2016, the best selling smart phone is OPPO R9, which sold 170 million units, taking 4% of China’s smart phone market. The second place is taken by iPhone 6s at 2%.
TSMC is upgrading its 16nm process, likely to 12nm. Presently the best process on the market is 10nm by Samsung in making Snapdragon for Qualcomm. TSMC will also provide 10nm process for iPhone this year. 12nm will be TSMC’s answer to over-order on 10nm and counter measure to 14nm from competitors.
SHARP is building OLED production line in China and is expected to start mass production in 2019. iPhone 8 will use OLED screen from Samsung, but is likely to buy from SHARP once it can provide supply to factories of Foxconn, the maker of iPhones in China.
TSMC is to adopt 7nm FinFET manufacturing process in chip making since Q2 2017, to prepare for A series processor to be used in iPhone and iPad.