The most important TSMC factory that is currently manufacturing the upcoming iPhone 13 and MacBook Pro chips has been hit by gas contamination (via MacRumors).
The factory is called Fab 18 and is TSMC’s most advanced chipmaking facility. The factory might presumable be producing the A15 and M1X/M2 chips. The gas used in the production was reportedly found to be contaminated.
“Some TSMC production lines in the South Taiwan Science Park received certain gases from suppliers that are believed to be contaminated. These were quickly replaced with other gas supplies.”
TSMC says that it is carrying out follow-up operations to ensure that the product quality is not affected. The company added that the gas contamination is not believed to have caused a significant impact on operations.
This is not a really great time for Apple since the company and its suppliers are currently said to be finalizing components for the final assembly process of the new iPhone and Mac models by the end of August.
The next iPhone is expected to launch in September this year. The redesigned MacBook Pro could also launch alongside the iPhone or at a separate event in October.