Last week a report from Asian suppliers suggested that Apple was bailing on Samsung and would instead rely on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for its new A8 processor in the iPhone 6. The report didn’t seem entirely out of the question since Apple has been pulling back a bit on its reliance on Samsung for parts. On Monday, a new report from ZDNET Korea suggests that the two companies will split the manufacturing of Apple’s next-generation iPhone and iPad processor.
One official said that, while Apple and Samsung are fighting in court rooms around the globe on IP-related issues, the two companies still have a “strong” silicon relationship. Apparently TSMC and Samsung will begin mass producing the A8 processor during the third quarter of this year, which is right around when we expect the new iPhone to launch, but that it’s possible some mass production will begin earlier during the second quarter. Design testing will occur in Samsung’s Austin, Texas plant, ZDNET said.
Apple’s current A7 processor is provided by Samsung, but the company is tapping other manufacturing partners to increase production output. We still don’t know much about what Apple will change in its next-generation A8 processor, though it’s expected to launch inside next-generation iPad and iPhone units.