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A few weeks ago, we learned that Apple would likely abandon Samsung and turn to Taiwanese company TSMC for production of the A6 processor expected to power 2012′s iDevices. According to Reuters, Apple has indeed begun “trial manufacturing” of the A6 processor at TSMC.
If the company is able to crank out A6 chips quickly enough and with a low enough defect rate, Apple may select TSMC as the sole manufacturer of the A6 chip.
Currently, Samsung is the only manufacturer of the A5 chip that powers the iPad 2. The same chip will likely power the iPhone 5 and the next-gen iPod touch (if there is one). Samsung stands to lose a great deal of money if Apple turns to TSMC for production of the A6 chip that’s likely to power the iPad 3 and iPhone 6.
Samsung and Apple have
According to a new report, Apple is working on implementing a new way to charge the iPhone 6, the sixth-generation iPhone. While the source hasn’t specified what such charging method would involve, or if it would replace the current USB charging method, many speculate that the iPhone 6 might be charged using “non-contact based platforms”.
Reports of the sixth iPhone have been quite scarce due to its far-away-from-launch nature. This source couldn’t have made it more clear that the iPhone 6 might not be charged through USB (at least exclusively), like the current one:
People briefed on Apple’s plans said the company is planning a major iPhone revamp then, with one person saying the company has been experimenting with features such as a new way of charging the phone,
Connecting a device to a computer, or plugging it into the wall, is necessary but unpractical. Although information on this subject is very scarce, Apple has a reason to be working on replacing standard charging solutions, and they indeed might be, since previous patent filings have indeed pointed to new charging technologies. A patent filing from as early as February 2007 suggests this changeover:
When electrical contacts are used, the electrical contacts may be implemented in connectors and/or they may be surface or flush mounted on the housings of the portable electronic device and the docking station, [...] In either case, each device includes a set of corresponding contacts that when in contact allow data and power to be transferred there through.
Other companies have experimented with
A report by Chinese newspaper Commercial Times claims that Apple is working on the next version of its A5 chip, which will be called the A6.
Rumors surrounding the next version of the iPhone – the iPhone 5, V or 4S, whatever you like to call it – are getting hotter by the day! In the last four days alone, four separate rumors related to the next-gen iPhone have been covered here on Redmond Pie alone.
Today’s rumor comes from Chinese newspaper Commerical Times which claims that the A6 chip will manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The newspaper cites analyst Dan Heyler who is a semiconductor analyst at Merrill Lynch, a financial management and advisory company:
TSMC stands a good chance of winning orders for Apple’s A6 processors, the paper quoted Dan Heyler, a semiconductor analyst with Merrill Lynch in Taipei, as indicating. But even if TSMC grabs all Apple’s tablet chip orders for 2012, sales generated from the orders will account for only 2% of TSMC’s overall sales for the year, Heyler was quoted as saying.
Keep in mind that the A4 and A5 chips were manufactured by Samsung Electronics. If TSMC wins the orders of the A6 processor for the iPhone 6, it would certainly be a loss for Samsung: