Reports from Taipei claim that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has started production on A8 chipsets for Apple's next iPhone. TSMC, the world's leading contract chip-maker, is now making A8 processors.
According to Taipei's Commercial Times, TSMC is handling the bulk of the orders for logic and power management integrated chips that will be featured in the handset. The same media claims that the new iPhone is slated for the third quarter of 2014, which has been the regular schedule for Apple so far.
TSMC have declined to comment, but its shares managed to rise up 2.33 percent after the rumors went wild. It's not clear at the moment whether Samsung, Apple's chip-manufacturing partner to Cupertino's woe, is involved in the A8 production at all. Taipei website TechNews claimed that TSMC has become the sole chipset contractor to Apple.
Still, it is more likely that the iPhone maker has merely diversified its supply chain, as we assume that Korean media would have went ballistic if Samsung were to lose such an important contract.
source: AFP (via Google)