While it’s no secret Apple and Samsung do not share the most cordial of relations, what does come as a surprise under the circumstances is that Apple sources its chips from the South Korean company which in turn goes in the making of competing devices from the two companies. However, that seems to be changing with reports coming in of Apple having signed an agreement with the Taiwan based chip manufacturer TSMC for supplying it with chips to power Apple’s future devices. And the first project for the Taiwanese company could be the iPhone 6.
Not surprisingly, neither company has made any official statement about the deal which itself has been in the making for quite some time now though was being held back owing to some technical issues. Seems like those have been taken care of. However, Samsung is not pushed out of the loop completely right now and will continue to power Apple devices with the iPhone 5S set to be the most immediate recipient as of now. In any case, Apple has been looking for ways to depend less on Samsung and has been looking for partners, be it in the field of display or processors.
This development also marks a break in the exclusive partnership which Apple has been engaged with Samsung for more than half a decade now. However, the first cracks appeared after Apple accused the South Koran manufacturer of having infringed on its patents. But then, the reason behind the shift in its supply partners on part of Apple has the least to do with the quality of Samsung supplied chips. Rather it’s the enmity between the two that is the prime motivator for Apple to have opted for TSMC. Also, it’s a big gamble for Apple and it remains to be seen if TSMC can deliver the goods on the long run.