Apple and Samsung are rivals and partners in the same time, as they are currently involved in a number of patent battles around the world but they still collaborate on the production of hardware needed for the making of iPhones and iPads. According to Taiwanese financial newspaper Commercial Times, first reported by AFP, the next generation of Appleâ€™s custom system on a chip for mobile devices will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Thus, if the report turns out to be true, Samsung will lose a highly lucrative deal which was bringing in quite a lot of money for the Korean company.
TSMC has allegedly already begun production of the new chip, the A8, which could be destined to power Appleâ€™s next smartphone, the iPhone 6. Up until now, Samsung has produced all of the chips for Appleâ€™s iPhone and iPad, as well as the latest 64-bit A7 SoC found in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.
But nothingâ€™s sure at the moment and the main reason why Samsung could maintain its partnership with Apple is because the company has proved to be capable of providing enough supply to Apple. Since the deal with TSMC would be a new one, itâ€™s not sure whether the new partner would be able to keep up with consumer demand. Itâ€™s already obvious that Apple is trying to gradually move away from its reliance on Samsung for components, but we wonder if it will happen this year?