If you have been following our blog for the past few days, then you know that we have no shortage of iPhone 5 (or 4S) rumors for this week. But this time, this particular buzz is not about Apple's next iPhone but for a different device. This is about the iPhone 6. Yes, that's right folks a rumor about the iPhone 6 has already surfaced even way before the iPhone 5 is announced.
According to a report of DigiTimes, the Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times claimed that there's a good chance that the iPhone 6 will be running on an A6 chip which will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). According to a semiconductor analyst with Merrill Lynch based in Taipei, Dan Heyler:
TSMC stands a good chance of winning orders for Apple’s A6 processors, the paper quoted Dan Heyler, a semiconductor analyst with Merrill Lynch in Taipei, as indicating. But even if TSMC grabs all Apple’s tablet chip orders for 2012, sales generated from the orders will account for only 2% of TSMC’s overall sales for the year, Heyler was quoted as saying.
As you probably know, the A4 (which runs the iPhone 4) and the A5 Chip (which is currently used for the iPad 2 and allegedly the iPhone 5) were assembled by Samsung. If this rumor turns out to be true, then it could be quite a considerable loss for the South Korean company:
Apple reportedly continues to contract Samsung Electronics to manufacture its A5 processors, using the foundry’s 45nm process, the Commercial Times quoted industry sources as saying in a separate report. One thing for sure is that TSMC will not gain any orders from Apple in 2011, the paper observed.
It is really is both strange and amazing that there are already talks about the iPhone 6 when the iPhone 5 is not even officially announced. But this is still a rumor and considering the next iPhone is not yet even released, it's better off if this one is taken like a grain of salt. Although most of the time, rumors are pretty close to the official announcements so there's really no way of saying.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback