Rumour : Apple Rethinking Samsung Chip Partnership Amid Strained Relations
New reports online are claiming that Apple is looking to move away from Samsung when it comes to the chips for its products by moving to processors provided by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Every single iOS device has had Samsung-produced processors. Reports says that TSMC will provide Apple with quad-core processors fit for future iPads, the long-rumored iTV, and MacBooks that will use a 20 nanometer processor over Samsung’s 32 nanometer processors. The rationale is that Apple has already verified TSMC’s 20nm chips in August and might begin production in November to prepare for devices in 2013.
As for iPhone processors, it is rumoured Apple will stick to dual-core processors for future models because of their “low-power consumption merit.”
Apple’s reported efforts to marginalise Samsung comes following a long courtroom battle, which has left extremely bitter feelings on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
One industry source told CNET that the relationship between the two companies has effectively broken down and will result in the two companies parting ways at the end of existing agreements.