With every new iPad or iPhone upgrade, we are used to seeing new processors, as well. So, as weâ€™re waiting for the sixth-generation iPad and the iPhone 6 to get launched on the market, it seems that production for the upcoming A8 chip has already started. According to Taiwan-based TechNews publication, cited by MacRumors, Apple could choose the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the main supplier, as Samsung has reportedly dropped out of production over low yields:
An inside source said that Taiwanese contract chip manufacturer had already begun making Appleâ€™s A8 processors. Up until now, Samsung has been the sole manufacturer of Appleâ€™s processors, so if this rumor turns out to be true, then it will be for the first time when the partnership between Apple and Samsung breaks.
The TechNews puiblication says that TSMC could become the sole manufacturer of the A8 chips thanks to its success it is having with the latest 20-nanometer manufacturing process. Recently, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple will release only the upgraded iPad Air this year, so if this turns out to be true, then it makes sense why Samsung allegedly decided to stop collaborating with Apple.