A7 chips for next year's Apple iPhone 6 to come from TSMC?

A7 chips for next year's Apple iPhone 6 to come from TSMC?
A rumor, relayed by Taiwan's Economic Daily News, suggests that with Samsung's contract with Apple to produce chips for its rival about to expire, Cupertino based Apple will turn to TSMC. The paper says that for 2014's Apple iPhone 6, TSMC will provide the A7 chip, built using the 20nm process. That would indicate that this year's rumored Apple iPhone 5S will not be powered by the next generation of silicon.

The report does add though, that the branding mentioned above could be off and that the 20nm chip could actually be called the A8 or something else. TSMC Chairman and CEO Morris Chang is extremely bullish about the 20nm technology, predicting that the line will outsell the chips made by the 28nm process in two years. At this point, any working relationship between the Taiwan chipmaker and Apple is speculation. There has been talk for years about Apple leaving Samsung and looking for a replacement. The difference is that now the acrimony between the two is so fierce after last year's epic patent trial, that a divorce between the two seems like the only way out.

The A-series chips debuted with the A4 in the OG Apple iPad in 2010. Since then, the latest version of the Apple iPad has been powered by an enhanced version of the current Apple iPhone chip using an "X" designation, like the current A6X used for the fourth generation iPad. The Apple iPhone 5 is powered by the A6.

source: EMSOne(translated), Macotakara (translated) via AppleInsider

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10 Comments

1. nanbanda

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

so does it mean samsung gonna lose its chip business...

3. Fruitpoop

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

That means Samsung will manufacture chips for other companies that WON'T sue Samsung.

5. nanbanda

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

apple is a major customer for sammy, as in previous articles sammy is in the lookout to have ties with new customers esp from china,it will take some time for sammy to recover anyhow, while for apple it will be a test as to how in terms of performance and efficiency, the new chip will fare on its hansets...

10. taikucing unregistered

Samsung makes SSD, RAM, etc for its own brand or other companies in PC business. The leaving of Apple doesn't make Samsung lose its chip business

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes, the chip is important, but the DESIGN is MORE IMPORTANT!

6. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

why, people care so mucht about the design these days, they exagerate :@

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

You can make the best designed phone in the world, if the hardware and software is bad nobody will buy it.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Dude, on the iPhone side, the design is more important. Try asking your parents, your friends, or the peoples outside. They will give you the answer.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31550; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This will dent Sammy due to the sheer amount of iPhones they chip, but they'll soon recover. It's big business guys. Apple, and Sammy don't actually need each other however apples new partner had better be damn good, cuz Sammy sure is.

8. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Too bad apple wont use regular chips like everyone else because they know IOS would fail in benchmarks.

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