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TSMC said to be sole supplier of processors for iPhone 7

According to a new report, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be the sole supplier of processors for the upcoming iPhone 7.

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Samsung vs. TSMC Apple A9 processors: What you need to know!

Last year Apple sourced the Apple A8 system-on-a-chip (SoC) exclusively from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), a change from previous generations sourced from Samsung. This year, in order to meet the ever-increasing demand, the Apple A9 is being sourced from both. That's led some to wonder out loud if there was a difference between the TSMC and Samsung chipsets. So, is there?

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KGI analyst estimates over 2.3 million global Apple Watch pre-orders

According to a new report, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that global Apple Watch pre-orders have exceeded 2.3 million units.

Kuo's prediction is based off of estimates that Apple Watch production will ramp up to 2.3 million units by the end of May in order to meet pre-order demand.

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New processors for iPhone 6 reportedly shipping from TSMC

Apple has reportedly started receiving shipments of processors bound for the iPhone 6 from chip-maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manucafturing Co. (TSMC). For several years, Samsung has been the exclusive provider of the chips found in Apple's mobile devices. The problem for Apple is that Samsung is their chief smartphone rival. Diversifying their suppliers means that Apple can reduce the amount of business it does with a primary competitor, while also giving them a better position in matters such as price negotiations, according to the Wall Street Journal:

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Apple, still trying to get out of bed with Samsung, finally gets a little TSMC on the side...

Apple, eager to find a manufacturing partner who isn't also their chief rival, Samsung, has apparently finally come to a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to start taking over at least some of their chipset production. Jessica E. Lessin, Lorraine Luk and Juro Osawa, writing for the Wall Street Journal report:

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Apple supposedly contracting TSMC to produce A6X processor

It's a rumor that's been making the rounds for quite some time, going back as far as March of 2011: Apple moving production of their custom ARM-based processors from Samsung to TSMC. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has increasingly been named as a principle benefactor of Apple's unhappy relationship with rival and former frenemy (now verging on full-time enemy) Samsung. Now, According to the AFP, the Taiwanese Commercial Times is reporting that TSMC has been contracted by Apple to produce the company's A6X chip.

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Apple and Samsung move from love/hate to hate/hate

Apple seems to be moving to reduce its reliance on Samsung for the manufacture of the A-series processors found in iOS devices, and are possibly planning a move to another company for the production of future chips. While Apple and Samsung have been at odds in the smartphone market, they've remained close partners in manufacturing. The increasing rivalry between the two companies when it comes to the former is cited as the reason for their deteriorating relationship when it comes to the latter. The The Korea Times reports that love-hate might be turning into pure hate.

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Apple may say goodbye to Samsung for quad-core chips

Apple may be changing chip manufacturers as it moves towards quad-core processors in its iOS devices over the next couple of years. While Samsung has produced the chipsets for most iOS devices so far, including the Apple-designed A6 found in the iPhone 5, it may not be the direction Apple will head in the future.

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Apple to move chipset production from Samsung to TSMC with Apple A6 SoC in 2012?

Given the increasing legal contention between Apple and Samsung, perhaps it should come as no surprise that Apple is considering moving production of their next generation Apple A6 system-on-a-chip (SoC) to from the Korean conglomerate to Taiwan's TSMC.

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Apple to partner with TSMC and move away from Samsung processors?

Apple is rumored to have signed a deal with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co) to manufacture the A5 dual-core processor found in the iPad 2. The deal is said to be a foundry relationship. Apple will use TSMC’s 40-nm process for the A5 and will work with TSMC on a 28-nm process too.

This new deal could spell trouble for Samsung, the manufacturer of the A4 processor found on the original iPad.; Samsung also manufacture the processor for the iPhone 4. It is now "unclear" whether Samsung will play any part in building the A5 chip for Apple in the future.

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