The iPhone 6 probably won’t be announced until September, but a new rumor from Taiwan’s Commercial Times (via AFP) claims Apple has already tapped the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to make the processor chips for its next-generation smartphones. The report notes that the upcoming A8 processor will boast four cores, up from the current iPhone’s dual-core processor. It’s a rumor, so don’t go betting this month’s salary on the report.
The Commercial Times cites the usual “supply chain sources” who allegedly confirmed production of the new chip began last month, adding that the iPhone 6 will likely pack a 4.7-inch screen. The report also claims the device could hit the market as early as Q3 2014. The real news, however, is the possibility that Apple could finally ditch Samsung as its go to chip-maker.
Apple’s relationship with its South Korean rival has grown increasingly icy over the past few years, but Cupertino still relies on Samsung for the chips that power its smartphones and tablets. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors TSMC could be subbed in, but with every new patent trial the rumors seem more and more likely. However, an analyst speaking to AFP notes Apple will likely still include at least some Samsung components in its next iPhone.
We’re still not expecting any official confirmation on the iPhone 6 until this fall, despite some reports claiming Apple could push up its product cycle to announce a new smartphone early this summer. Either way there are sure to be plenty of rumors between then and now, but we won’t know anything for sure until the official announcement later this year.