For as much media the battles between Samsung and Apple receive, a lot of people are unaware that Samsung and Apple have been working together for years. Apple designed Samsung processors have been a staple of the iPhone for many years and this year Samsung looks to be getting shut out. It’s really not a huge surprise as both companies have had their legal battles which is likely why this is finally happening. Apple has decided to ink a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to make all of their iPhone 7 A10 processors. TSMC chips were used in the last two iPhone’s along with Samsung processors as Apple was testing the waters with them. It seems the company was pleased and the next iPhone version will rock TSMC built chips across the board.
According to the report, Apple ultimately opted to ink a deal with TSMC because they were impressed with TSMC’s 10-nanometer manufacturing process. What’s more, a September report from the China Times relayed that Apple was interested in an exclusive manufacturing deal with TSMC because their manufacturing process was more cost-effective than what Samsung was offering. Not only that, but word has it that Apple was also interested in TSMC’s InFO (integrated fan out) architecture which would pave the way for smaller and lighter chips.
Apple’s move to boot Samsung out of the iPhone isn’t by any means going to destroy Samsung, the company does very well for itself with its own phones and other device partners. Though I’m sure they will feel a small financial hit not having the Apple contract Samsung isn’t going anywhere. It will be interesting to see how TSMC does being the new permanent Apple chip maker/supplier.
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