Apple A8 rumors cite no Samsung, no integrated LTE
The rumor mills be churning once more, this time with talk of no Samsung and no integrated LTE inside the next generation A8 chipset. The first of those comes out of Taiwan and claims that TSMC and not the Korean giant will be tasked with production of the A8 due to low yield. TechNews.tw (roughly translated):
Samsung is currently the main problem facing the problem of low yield in its 20nm manufacturing process, not the title at Apple's demands, the need for an appropriate portion of A8 processor orders to TSMC, but based on recent progress news, Samsung was forced to abandon the orders may be more than just part of A8, A8 processor is probably all be produced by TSMC.
The second rumor makes mention of LTE, and that Apple will once more turn to Qualcomm to satisfy future devices needs for high-speed mobile data. Fudzilla:
Apple on the other hand will focus on making a fast 64-bit ARM-based successor to the Cyclone-based Apple A7, possibly codenamed A8, and this chip will once again be a big piece of silicon without an integrated LTE modem. Apple will continue to use Qualcomm’s external LTE chip for next iPhone.
The fewer chips required inside a device, the better the battery life will be. So, what would either of these mean for us, the end consumer? Not a great deal. We already know how much Apple puts into the design and construction of its devices, and so long as the experience at the end remains the same high standard we all win. The hard work is for Apple to do, to make sure that whatever suppliers it has to use we still get the same great results when we open up our shiny new iPhone.