Apple has reportedly made a last-minute change to iPhone 7 production plans, enlisting the help of an additional chip manufacturer due to poor output from Samsung's camp.
And based on today's rumor about Galaxy S6 sales, it seems Samsung may be to blame.
Apple's main chip producer for the next iPhone has reportedly been Samsung partner GlobalFoundries, but Apple has given a chunk of that business to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Apple has worked with TSMC before, and this could be a blow to Samsung's chip-making business and its partnership with Apple.
If so, at least it's a blow of Samsung's own making: unexpectedly high demand for the Galaxy S6 may be keeping GlobalFoundries extra busy making Exynos chips for Samsung's latest flagship.
That could explain why the manufacturer has reportedly been unable to meet Apple's supply demands for the A9 chips that the company will allegedly use in the next iPhone, although it's unclear whether the timeline for all these events matches up perfectly.
Either way, here's hoping the same thing doesn't happen to the iPhone 7's camera, which could turn out to be a real zinger - if Apple's plans don't go awry again.
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