The next-gen iPhones are expected to feature Apple’s new A9 chipsets inside of them. Now the rumor mill has been such that it always seems to be alternating between who will lead the production of the chipsets – TSMC or Samsung. Well according to the latest rumors, it seems that TSMC might have secured the lead.
This is based on a report out of China which claims that both TSMC and Samsung have completed their trial productions of the chipsets. However it seems that TSMC proved to have a higher yield compared to Samsung, and was also the cheaper of the two. Given that Apple probably predicts that they will require millions of orders and in order to keep up with demand, TSMC does seem to make a more logical choice.
However like we said, the rumors are typically bouncing back and forth between the two companies. In fact earlier this year KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that TSMC would only account for 30% of the A9’s productions, but it seems that things have changed based on the trial production in which apparently TSMC emerged victorious.
If the rumors are to be believed, TSMC is expected to begin the mass production of the chipsets this month which seems to line up nicely with the timeline of the next iPhone launch, which according to previous reports is set for a launch in September.