April 17, 2015

iPhone 7: Apple dumps Samsung for TSMC due to Galaxy S6 demand (VIDEO) - @SamsungMobile

APPLE HAS REPORTEDLY made a last-minute decision to switch to a new chip supplier for the next-generation iPhone, which could be down to the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S6.

The news comes via KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claimed earlier this week that Apple Watch pre-orders had hit 2.3 million.

Kuo revealed in a note sent to investors obtained by AppleInsider that Apple has recruited TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) to make chips for the rumoured iPhone 7.

This is partly to blame on GlobalFoundries, which is reportedly seeing a yield rate of 30 percent for the A9 chip, which Kuo said is well below Apple's mass-production "basic requirement" of 50 percent.

However, the decision to switch to TSMC could also be blamed on the high demand seen for the Galaxy S6, according to the note.

Apple is reportedly concerned that, with Samsung supplying the 14nm chips inside its own Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the company will not be able to match the chip supply that Apple needs.

Apple had apparently looked to Samsung to supply the majority of chips for its next-generation iPhone, according to previous reports.

TSMC's 16nm FinFET Turbo design, on the other hand, has exceeded Apple's expectations in yield rate and performance.

Apple's next iPhone, also tipped to launch as the iPhone 6S, is widely expected to debut this September. 

Talk of A9 innards isn't all we've heard about the handset so far, despite its launch being five months away.

Speculation also suggests that the device will feature the same unibody design as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which will house a revamped display equipped with Apple's new Force Touch technology.

The handset is also likely to arrive running iOS 9 following its unveiling at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, and an upgraded camera sensor.

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