TSMC to start trial manufacturing Apple’s next generation A6 chip
Reuters is reporting that Apple is conducting trials with Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC for its next generation A6 processor; according to sources familiar with the matter.
This could be a significant development in the ongoing “copy-cat” lawsuit between Apple and Samsung. Samsung is currently the sole supplier of the current generation A5 chip which is used in the iPad 2. The A5 chip is also widely rumored to be the chip of choice for the next generation iPhone 5 too. It appears that Apple may be looking to sever its ties with Samsung for its future chip production.
The A6 processor will likely debut in the iPad 3 when it is launched next year. Apple tends to introduce new processors to the iPad line of devices first, then introduces them to the iPhone and iPod touch when they are updated.
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