Apple Will Turn To TSMC For A7 Chip When Deal With Samsung Expires [Rumor]

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) will reportedly land a deal for Apple’s future “A7” processors when the Cupertino company’s current contract with Samsung expires in 2014.

Samsung has been responsible for Apple’s mobile chips since the introduction of the A4 back in 2010, but Apple has seemingly been looking to take its business elsewhere since the pair became embroiled in a series of lengthy legal battles.

Apple Fires Samsung As MacBook, iPad Battery Maker

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Samsung is no longer supplying Apple's iPad batteries.
Samsung is no longer supplying Apple's iPad batteries.

Apple has reportedly further distanced itself from rival Samsung by switching its suppliers for iPad and MacBook batteries. The Cupertino company has been seemingly working to avoid Samsung’s components since the companies became embroiled in various legal battles all over the world.

Samsung Backs Apple Into A Corner With 20% Price Hike On All Mobile Processors [Report]

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Samsung currently supplies all of Apple's mobile processors.

Samsung has dealt Apple a nasty blow by increasing the price of its mobile processors — the ones built into every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch — by 20%. According to a person familiar with negotiations between the two companies, Apple initially disapproved the price hike, but was forced to accept it with no replacement supplier available.

Apple Confirms iPhone 3GS Will Soon Be Discontinued [Report]

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It was nice knowing you, iPhone 3GS.
It was nice knowing you, iPhone 3GS.

As expected, the 8GB iPhone 4 replaced the iPhone 3GS as the most affordable iPhone following the announcement of the iPhone 5 yesterday. So what’s going to happen to the iPhone 3GS now? Well, as you may have guessed, it’s going to be killed off. Apple has reportedly confirmed that when existing stock runs out, the its third-generation smartphone will be no more.