It seems that the coronavirus epidemic has no impact on Apple's plans to produce next-generation 5-nanometer chips.
Despite the chaos created by the new virus, Apple has aggressively increased its orders for new chips. They will power both the next-generation iPhone and iPad Pro, before arriving on the Mac in early 2021.
The latest report from Ming-Chi Kuo, trusted analyst at TF International Securities, says:
The 5nm production process will be the core technology for new Apple products over the next 12/18 months. As a result, COVID-19 will have no impact on Apple’s investment in 5nm technology, to the point that the Cupertino firm has increased shipping forecasts.
Apple is really focusing on this new technology for the next few years, so much so that it has increased its orders by 30 to 40%, which will occupy more productive resources, hampering the development of competitors. One of the main recipients of large orders from Apple will be the Taiwanese company CHPT, which will participate in the production of chipsets.
Apple could unveil its first 5 nanometer chip, which should be called A14 Bionic, in the fall with the presentation of the new iPhone 12. It is therefore very likely that the next iPad Pro coming in the spring will be equipped with the A13X chip, while that the model with the mini LED screens arriving in the fall could be fitted with the new chip.