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The 2014 iPhone Reportedly Won’t Make Use of a Samsung-Made Chip

If you have been keeping yourself in the loop regarding Apple and Samsung, you should know very well that the relationship between the two is not looking good. Both companies have each other as their fiercest competitor and after what seems like an eternity of legal battles, it's clear that their relationship has been strained. Talks of Apple replacing Samsung in favor of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been around for quite some time now. And today, another report surfaces that Apple won't be using a Samsung-made chip for the 2014 iPhone.

Apple A7 Chip

Since the first iPhone to the iPhone 5 (along with other iOS devices), Samsung has been Apple's go-to manufacturer for chip production. It's common knowledge that Apple designs the chip, and it's Samsung that takes care of the actual manufacturing. As much as Apple doesn't want to associate itself with Samsung, the former just can't switch to another chip manufacturer. However, it seems that the Cupertino giant is well on its way to sever its ties with the South Korean company.

According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple will contract TSMC to handle all chip production for the 2014 iPhone, which one could only assume to be the iPhone 6. For the remaining of 2013, Samsung is still in-charge of manufacturing the processor chip for the upcoming iPhone model which is scheduled for release in the second half of 2013.

Samsung Electronics, which produces APs for the existing iPhones, will still manufacture chips for the upcoming model scheduled to be released in the second half of 2013, the sources revealed. Nonetheless, Apple appears to be accelerating its plans to minimize its dependence on Samsung, the sources observed, judging from TSMC's pace of expansion at Fab 14.

So there you go! This is yet another report that adds credence to the ongoing rumors that Apple will fire Samsung as its primary chip manufacturer. We'll just have to wait and see what awaits the relationship between these two giant companies. [via iPhoneHacks]

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