At this point, Apple knows that it has to prepare a lot of iPhones for a new launch, which was certainly the case this time around. As a form of redundancy, making as many processors as possible is one way to make sure there’s enough stock to go around (at least for those that pre-order).
Report claims TSMC will be exclusive supplier of Apple’s next-gen A10 chip that will power 2016 iPhones and iPads
While they may be bitter rivals, Apple can’t help but rely on Samsung for its iPhone parts. Sources say the South Korean company will continue to be the main chip supplier for Apple’s next iPhone, which is likely to make its debut this fall.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has a pretty strong track record when it comes to predicting Apple movements, thanks to sources within the supply chain.