Apple to begin phasing out Samsung as chip provider in 2014

Apple to begin phasing out Samsung as chip provider in 2014It was almost a year ago that I penned Apple to ditch Samsung in favour of TSMC? and more recently I scribbled Apple slowly moving away from Samsung, towards TSMC. Sensing a theme?

It's much the same story again today: Apple is tipped to reduce its reliance on Samsung significantly next year, with TSMC picking up the slack.

There’s no love lost between Apple and Samsung, with the two continually in and out of court, and fiercely battling it out at the top of the smartphone food chain.

But the Californians are in fact one of the South Koreans’ biggest clients, with the iPhone processor traditionally provided by Samsung, something Apple is keen to address.

The A7 processor in the spanking new iPhone 5S is reportedly made by Samsung, though some speculate that TSMC might grab the baton at some point. In some capacity.

The latest story comes from Korean-language Hankyung (ably relayed by The Verge), with the suggestion that TSMC will handle 60-70% of A8 processor production, with the remaining 30-40% going to Samsung.

The story we're repeatedly hearing is that TSMC isn't quite in a position to handle 100% of production, hence this gradual phasing process.

The A8 processor is tipped to make an appearance in the iPhone 6 and iPad 6, though we’re looking at a full year until those guys become a reality.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 30, 2013 at 12:22

Yay, iPhone 6 rumours!

Treab  Sep. 30, 2013 at 13:07

yeah another out of date phone...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 30, 2013 at 13:17

Oh no, a troll hacked Treab's account :p

Stelph  Sep. 30, 2013 at 14:10

Hmmm, a phased chip manufacture could be a dnagerous move, in other industries its almost impossible to get an exact yield/quality across sites, I wonder if thats the same for silicon chips?

Treab  Sep. 30, 2013 at 17:20

Oh no, a troll hacked Treab's account :p

yes hacked...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 30, 2013 at 17:45


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