Apple iPhone Chip: The fact that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has relied on Samsung as a supplier is no surprise to most. However, this relationship is just about coming to an end. For this reason, it is being reported that all future chips, including those to be used in the new iPhone 6, to be released in 2014, will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
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The report, which Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has yet to comment on, claims that the Cupertino-based company will use an “”A7″ processor built on a smaller 20-nanometer process next year.
As noted above, one of the most interesting parts of this rumor is that the chip will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. as opposed to Samsung. Of course, this should not be much of a surprise since Apple and Samsung have become such big rivals.
As AppleInsider discusses, if this rumor is true it “suggests that Apple’s anticipated “iPhone 5S,” a next-generation handset expected to debut this year, will not feature a full-fledged next-generation “A7” processor.”
For quite some time, it has been thought that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would move away from Samsung as a mobile chip manufacturing partner. For whatever reason, however, this has yet to happen. If this rumor is true, you can expect the relationship to come to an end within a year.
There was a time not so long ago when Apple was Samsung’s top customer. Now, the two are such big rivals, while also fighting it out in the court room, that this partnership no longer makes a lot of sense.
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