updated 10:29 am EST, Mon January 27, 2014
Rumors hint at no A8 devices until second half of 2014
Two suppliers -- Amkor Technology and STATS ChipPAC -- have each secured 40 percent of the packaging orders made by Apple for its A8 processor, sources tell Digitimes. The remaining 20 percent are said to be going to Advanced Semiconductor Engineering. TSMC, which is said to have foundry orders for the A8, has also allegedly obtained wafer bumping orders. It's expected to start ramping up production for the A8 in the second quarter of the year using a 20nm process.
If accurate, the claims suggest that A8-based devices will only ship later in the second half of the year, as expected. There have been rumors that Apple could ship a new iPhone as soon as this summer, but in recent years the company has taken to announcing all of its iOS devices in September or October. Launching then helps take advantage of holiday shopping.