Ever since Apple and Samsung have been at war in the court rooms around the world, it has been speculated that Apple will eventually move production of critical components such as the processor, DRAM etc. away from the Korean company.
While there has been no official statement from either company, rumors seem to indicate that Apple is slowly but steadily reducing its reliance on Samsung.
Last week, we reported that Intel has been in talks with Apple to manufacture the A series chips that power iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It has also been speculated the die-shrunk A5 chip in the tweaked 3rd generation Apple TV may be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
DigiTimes now reports that Intel may get an order to manufacture 10% of the A7 chips slated for devices to be launched in 2014 from Apple.
Foundry service providers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics are reportedly competing for Apple’s A7 processor orders. Rumors regarding the possibility of Intel obtaining the orders have also spread. According to institutional investors, Intel may obtain 10% of Apple’s A7 processor orders. [..]
[..] According to institutional investors, Samsung is likely to receive 50% of the A7 processor orders, TSMC 40%, and Intel 10%.
It does make sense for Apple to diversify the production of critical components such as the chip for its iOS devices. However, DigiTimes claims that their source was institutional investors, which doesn’t sound too convincing as they could just be speculating it.