As you know, Apple has been hammering Samsung in the courts as of late and this next move from the company is no surprise. Only a little while after Samsung increased the price of their CPUs the Cupertino-based company is shifting their CPU orders away from Samsung Electronics and to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company (TSMC). DigiTimes says — according to industry observers — that it appears like TSMC will be producing the chips needed for Apple’s next iOS device in 2013. If TSMC does indeed get the massive Apple order, the Taiwanese company will be forced to balance their production capabilities between Apple and some of its other big name customers like Qualcomm, Nvidia and Altera. iPad and iPhone CPU demands have been estimated at a 200 million — perhaps less — per year. That is a lot of CPUs.
It was only a matter of time before Apple completely shifted away from Samsung. With the constant legal battles between the two companies and the fact that Samsung raised their CPU pricing, it was only a matter of time before Apple moved away from the Korean tech giant.
On another note, I don’t think Samsung raised their CPU pricing because of the legal battles and high tensions with Apple. I think CPU prices were raised simply because of the rising of development costs as Samsung continues to innovate and provide new technologies with these chips. The more powerful your CPUs are the higher its going to cost. This could turn out to be both a good and bad move from Apple. We’ll just have to see what comes of this though.
Now we just have to sit back and see if TSMC is going to be able to supply Apple’s massive CPU order.
Was it not obvious that Apple would be moving away from Samsung after the price hike in CPUs? Is it just me or was this bound to happen?
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