TSMC gas contamination incident sparks fears of delays for MacBook Pro 2021 and iPhone 13

A TSMC chipmaking facility or ‘fab’ has been the victim of contamination of a gas used in the process of making Apple SoCs for Macs and iPhones, leading to worries over whether this could foreshadow a delay of the purportedly incoming revamped MacBook Pro models built around Apple’s own silicon – not to mention the iPhone 13.

The contamination occurred at ‘Fab 18’, which is TSMC’s most advanced chip manufacturing plant, as Nikkei Asia reports, and it’s where processors for future Macs and iPhones – presumably including the rumored redesigned MacBook Pros with the M1 successor chip, possibly called the M1X – are made. 

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