The largest manufacturer of TSMC processors has been attacked by a virus that can mix Apple. Will the new iPhone 2018 make a debut delay with the attack?
On Friday evening, Taiwanese TSMC, the largest manufacturer of integrated circuits for Apple and Qualcomm, was attacked by unknown malware. The virus has caused the most severe disturbances so far and has paralyzed several factories.
Virus attacked the new Apple A12?
TSMC, the only manufacturer of Apple processors (their last work for the corporation to Apple A11) confirmed that many production tools were infected – some of which were quickly resumed, but others will not run for at least several days.According to TSMC, the virus was not introduced by the hacker . It is not entirely clear who infected the giant. This is the first time a company has been forced to stop work. TSMC was already attacked, but their factory never suffered in such a significant way. Until so far. Bloomberg looked at the matter more closely, but he could not find out whether the virus also included the production of the new iPhone processor . It is not known what TSMC would suffer if malware were to touch the new Apple A12 chip. According to Mark Li, analyst at Sanford C. Berenstein, the threat was only partial and only a small group of systems could be destroyed.
What are the consequences for Apple?
Apple is impatiently preparing for the September premiere of iPhones and does not even want to hear about any delays . During the event three flags with unknown name will be presented , of course equipped with a new model of the processor – Apple 12. The sales results of the Cupertino corporation are not colorful, but it did not prevent the giant in achieving the largest market value in history, or trillion dollars (approx. PLN 3.6 trillion!) .The new processor for Apple was to be made in the top lithographic process 7nm , which is an inevitable step in the development of chips. The technology used is to make the systems much faster and even smaller. And they have to download less energy. The lack of unambiguous information about the security of the latest systems for Apple raises concerns about the premiere of the big three. There is less and less time, and the corporation has to deliver the new iPhone as soon as possible – otherwise the result of their sales may be below the threshold of expectations. Source: Bloomberg