Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, is one of the world's largest semiconductor foundries and has been sourcing another giant, Apple, with the chips for multiple devices since 2014. Analysts believe that relationship will continue into 2020 due to TSMC's dwindling competitors.
TimesNowNews reported via EETimes that Apple is likely to keep TSMC as its sole supplier of processors for at least two years due to other foundries failing to meet expectations. “As long as TSMC continues to offer something new at leading-edge every year and continues to execute well on yield, I could see Apple remaining sole source on foundry at TSMC for years to come,” Arete Research analyst Brett Simpson said to EETimes. Another analyst points out Apple's continued partnership with TSMC is unique because Apple typically works with multiple Asian suppliers to "spread risk" and "wield pricing power."
September 2018 is likely when Apple will reveal the next wave of devices including a rumored cheaper variant with an LCD screen. There are also rumors that Apple may release a Mac Mini designed for Pro users this fall. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.