TSMC – Not Samsung – Will Be Making Apple’s A6 and A7 Chips

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Credit: MacStories.com
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The fallout from Apple’s lengthy battles with Samsung has started. The tech giant has inked a contract with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce the A6 and successors. The move ends an exclusive deal with the Korean Samsung to produce chips for Apple’s iOS devices, according to a Friday report.


According to industry publication DigiTimes, the quietly-arranged pact covers both the A6 and the next iOS processor. The chipmaker will also get a good price from Apple, adds the report.

This is just the latest news of TSMC’s involvement in supplying Apple. TSMC announced it had received a “rush order” for components. Analysts parsed the statement to mean the order came from Broadcom, an Apple supplier. Although much talk has centered on the iPhone 5, these experts believe Apple is ordering more iPhone 4 parts to meet unexpected demand for the current handset.