Samsung was still very much a part of Apple’s latest flagship iPhone 5s, having been tasked with building the 64-bit A7 processor Apple designed to power the new handset. With the next-generation A8 processor that will power the iPhone 6 and other mobile devices in 2014, however, Apple will reportedly begin backing away from Samsung.
According to South Korean newspaper Hankyung, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be charged with building as much as 70 percent of the A8 inventory Apple will use over the lifetime of its next product generation. Samsung will still handle 30 percent to 40 percent of Apple’s A8 orders, according to the report. Earlier reports claimed Apple would completely dump Samsung and use TSMC to build the iPhone 6′s processor.