Apple testing A6 chips; considering move from Samsung

Tim Grey
18 July, 2011
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The internets has been awash with rumours of a higher-spec iPad over the past couple of weeks, a tale that should normally be relegated to the ‘wishful’ category. But, unusually, evidence of the ‘iPad Plus’ release later this year only continues to mount.

This week generally-reputable newswire service Reuters is reporting that a Taiwanese manufacturer, TSMC, is currently testing the new ‘A6’ chip, the next version of the Cupertino-designed all-in-one chip that powers the current generation of iPads and iPhones.

Interestingly, Reuters is also suggesting that Apple plans to dump its traditional chip manufacturer, Samsung Electronics. The two companies are currently embroiled in a number of patent disputes, although the company is reportedly working to retain the business.

Reuter’s source, another one of those ‘persons with knowledge of the matter,’ said that Apple’s decision would depend on whether TMSC could meet the high level of demand for iPhone and iPad products that seen Apple and its suppliers struggle to keep up.

In any case, analysts believe that Apple won’t immediately move the entirety of its chip manufacturing business to TSMC, but will instead dedicate 20-30 percent of its production to the company.

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