TSMC and Foxconn today released their financial figures for the fourth quarter of 2014 with bumper revenues.
As it stands right now, it’s anyone’s guess — except Apple’s — which company is going to get the bulk of any component orders from the house that built the iPhone, and news reports are certainly working hard to go back-and-forth between Samsung and TSMC.
Up until last year, Samsung had been the sole manufacturer of Apple’s in-house chips used inside the iPhone and the iPad. In a bid to diversify its supply-chain this year, Apple shifted the majority of the production of its A8 chips found inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to TSMC.
Apple and Samsung have worked together to bring the A-series processors to Apple’s mobile devices for quite some time, but it looks like that relationship is starting to crumble. More than that, Samsung is feeling the effects as the outlook for their logic chips business is reportedly not looking so good.
As the release date of the oft-rumored iPhone 6 approaches, we are beginning to get a better look at the upcoming smartphone through various component leaks. The latest comes from the French website Nowhereelse, which has shared photos of what appears to be leaked parts for the iPhone 6’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
Apple is not looking to build LTE into its upcoming A8 chipset, industry sources told Fudzilla. Instead of an SoC with LTE, Apple will rely on Qualcomm to provide a dedicated LTE chipset for its next generation iPhone. The A8 is rumored to be the ARM-based successor to the company’s current A7, which powers the iPad Air, iPhone 5s and iPad mini with Retina display.
Apple’s next-generation A-series chip, the A8 processor, was rumored to be produced by long-time partner Samsung as well as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC). But a new report claims that Samsung has dropped out citing low yields of the A8 chip, leaving TSMC as the sole manufacturer.
We all know the story by now. Samsung makes the A-series chips that power all of Apple’s portable devices. Every iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV ever sold, they all have processors inside that were manufactured at a Samsung facility. Since Apple and Samsung are sworn enemies, Apple decided to get someone to make their chips, TSMC. TSMC makes chips for everyone, including Qualcomm and NVIDIA.
A few days ago, it was revealed that the tweaked Apple TV 3 comes with an A5 chip, as opposed to the earlier expected A5X chip. The chip was considerably smaller as compared to the previous version, with the die size being reduced by a factor of 2.
We know Apple wants to increase manufacturing in the U.S., how about a chip plant in Upstate New York? Rumors are that a “top secret” chip factory (well, not really “secret” anymore, huh?) could involve Apple.