The relationship that Apple and Samsung is sharing is akin to a love-hate relationship. You’ll see these two technology giants fight in court on any given day, and tomorrow, they’re back working on their mutualistic professional relationship once again. But after the “trial of the century” in August that resulted in a one billion-dollar decision in favor of Apple, the relationship has gone from bad to worse. We previously wrote about the rumor that Samsung is increasing the pricing of its processors. Although Samsung has denied the reports, the possibility remains.
Today, DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is beginning to veer its contracts away from Samsung in favor of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company or TSMC. According to the publication, TSMC is reportedly worried about its production capability because of Apple’s CPU orders. Industry sources told DigiTimes that TSMC, now the world’s largest independent semiconductor foundry, will start producing chips for Apple’s next iOS devices in 2013. Sources added that TSMC will need at least more than 200,000 12-inch wafers ready to satisfy the huge demand from Apple.
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