Mobile processors for Apple smartphones are produced by the Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC. The new A16 Bionic chips for the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will also be produced on its lines. However, they seem to be more expensive.
Japanese chemical company Showa Denko KK expects to raise prices for key materials for making chips, which will affect the industry. Because of this, prices will also rise for the production of processors, which will lead to an increase in the cost of electronics in general.
After a 20% increase last year, TSMC plans to raise prices by up to 8% this year, the source said. In the case of Apple, this will lead to an increase in the price of the entire iPhone 14 line, but it is still difficult to say how much the final cost of smartphones will increase.
It is possible that prices will rise the most on the Pro / Pro Max models, which are credited with the A16 Bionic processor. The lower models are rumored to have an overclocked A15 Bionic.
As for the timing of the announcement, the new items are expected to be shown in September. There is no exact date yet, but the production starts already in August.