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A report published by Hankyung in Korea today states that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will handle the majority of the manufacturing for Apple's next-generation A8 processors, and the remainder will go to Samsung Electronics.

According to the report, TSMC is expected to cover 60-70% of total production for the A8, while Samsung will remain a contract manufacturer responsible for the remaining 30-40%.


Samsung has been the sole supplier of processors for Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The new 64-bit A7 chip in Apple's recently-announced iPhone 5s continues to be manufactured by Samsung.


It's unknown at this time whether this latest rumor is Samsung propaganda syphoned through Hankyung or whether this factually reflects Apple's strategy to keep the door open with Samsung should there be a production bottle neck at the new TSMC facilities in 2014.


Patently Apple first reported that Apple would work with TSMC back in January of this year and later reported in June that Apple signed a three year contract with TSMC starting with Apple's A8 Chip.



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