Rumor has it Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has received 100 percent of the orders for the A10 chip in this year’s iPhone 7. A new rumor out of the supply chain suggests the partnership will continue into the A11, too.
DigiTimes said this week, citing the Economic Daily News, that TSMC will also manufacture Apple’s A11 processor, bound for the 2017 iPhone. It reportedly has an exclusive on that deal, too, and plans to use a new 10nm FinFET process to build it.
This all means Samsung may be left out in the cold, at least from a processor manufacturing standpoint. The good news for Samsung is that Apple may be even more reliant on it than ever before. Rumors suggest that, in addition to providing NAND flash and other parts, Samsung may help provide some of the anticipated AMOLED displays bound for next year’s iPhone.
That’s called diversification, yo.