Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung

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tsmcApple may shift production of its 14-nanometer next-generation chips for iPhone from TSMC to Samsung, according to information compiled by Reuters.

TSMC will be supplanted by Samsung in the production of 14-nanometre smartphone chips for Apple and Qualcomm beginning in the second half of 2015, KGI Securities analyst Michael Liu said in a note to clients issued late on Wednesday after a TSMC investor conference.

Taiwanese media reports say Apple partner Qualcomm has already begun working with Samsung on the new chips and has already begun placing orders for them.

Last week, a report indicated that TSMC had begun shipping A-series chips to Apple in Q2 2014, ending the longstanding exclusivity deal Apple had with Samsung to produce smartphone chips. The deal, which was agreed to last year, was part of Apple's bid to decrease reliance on Samsung for iOS device components. Additionally, TSMC had been mass producing 20-nanometer chips for Apple and is working with the company on 16-nanometer chips.

However, it appears Apple will be turning to Samsung for the 14-nanometer variety that is rumored to be the A9 processor in next fall's iPhone 6s. TSMC Chairman Morris Chang does say that the company will rebound in 2016 and regain market share, possibly hinting that another deal with Apple is possible for future iOS devices.

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79 months ago
and Jony Ive may redesign TSMC's horrendous logo.
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79 months ago
Does anyone really care who makes the component? As long as the best quality, highest yield components are made available what does it matter if it comes from TSMC or Samsung?
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79 months ago
Rumors about the iPhone 6s already? Oh boy :) iPhone Air can't get here any quicker
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79 months ago
Is this article poorly written or have I had too much to drink tonight?

And you fixed it before I could quote how you got the A9 going into this falls iPhone 6, not next falls 6s.

At least I know it wasn't me. :)
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79 months ago

The flip flopping here is nonsense. I visit Android sites and the majority of rumors/stories end up being true. You just don't see the same level of bad reporting like you see here. Here it's almost a guarantee that the story is going to get changed every other day based on what a faceless source tells them.
This site is like the digital Apple tabloids of the web. You still look at the front cover at the checkout line but you know that you can't buy the crap their selling.

:eek: You mean a rumor site may carry information that's not true?
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79 months ago

Wasn't the last rumour that Apple was moving from Samsung to TSMC?

These analysts do flip flop don't they!


Its called "shopping"

Looking for and buying the best product at the prices you are willing to pay. Sticking with or leaving a vendor out of loyalty or spite is bad business. It says Apple is a sensible shopper, not a narrow midined ideological one.
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