We’ve known for a while now that Apple is officially moving away from their partnership with Samsung. The company has grown increasingly tired of Samsung’s antics, and they’re trying their best to push back all the fighting and bickering which has been hindering their development progress lately. It seems like the Apple and Samsung relationship has become nothing but a series of frivolous lawsuits, and it’s starting to tarnish both the reputation and credibility of each company. It’s for this reason that Apple is broadening its horizons and attempting to find another primary processor developer.
We’ve been hearing rumors for awhile now that Apple will be collaborating with the Taiwanese company TSMC to bring new processors to its iDevices. But a new report from RBC analyst Doug Freedman suggests that Apple hasn’t yet settled on a particular developer. While many thought that Apple was already prepared to sign a contract with TSMC in 2014 (when their current contract with Samsung expires), the Cupertino company was actually shopping around a bit. In fact, Freedman claims that Apple has been in talks with Intel for the past two years about crafting a potential processor partnership.
This isn’t that far fetched either. Intel is one of the biggest chip processors in the world. Granted, most of their stuff is featured in Tower PCs and laptops and they do have the experience to develop for mobile devices. Apple has probably recognized this strength and decided that they should go to the “best of the best” if they’re going to continue staying ahead of the pack with their cutting edge products. Intel could greatly benefit from an Apple partnership, too, as it would give them a huge revenue boost, considering how many chips Apple would need to supply the mass hysteria over their products.
Perhaps it would benefit Apple to keep their chip production within the United States instead of outsourcing it to a company overseas. Samsung reportedly brought its chips to Apple from its plant in Texas, so it’s not like the United States would be gaining anything, but it would be good news to the economy that it’s not losing anything. Hopefully we will see some more information regarding this potential partnership in the near future. We will keep you all posted!
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