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TSMC wins Apple A6 and A7 contract tips insider: Samsung dumped

TSMC wins Apple A6 and A7 contract tips insider: Samsung dumped

Apple's A6 and A7 processor production will indeed shift to TSMC, sources claim, as the company continues to distance itself from Samsung Electronics. The two firms have recently signed a foundry partnership agreement, DigiTimes reports, which will see the next-gen Apple A6 chipset and its successor, unofficially dubbed the Apple A7, produced using TSMC's 28nm and 20nm processes. Apple has until now relied on Samsung to produce the chips found in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4, co-developing the original A4 with the Korean company. However, increasingly strained relations and a number of ongoing legal battles have supposedly prompted Apple to look elsewhere for some of its components.

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Apple A6 tipped ready for primetime (in iPad 3?) come Q2 2012

Apple A6 tipped ready for primetime (in iPad 3?) come Q2 2012

Apple's new A6 processor could be ready for public debut as early as Q2 2012, new reports suggest, with TSMC again tipped to be in trial production of the new ARM-based silicon. According to CENS' industry sources, the design of the Apple A6 is expected to be taped out in Q1 next year, using 28nm production processes and innovative 3D stacking construction. If the timescales are correct, the iPad 3 - which rumors suggest will use the A6 SoC - could arrive later in the year than the iPad 2 did, constrained by the production availability of the CPU.

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Intel: Apple threatened to dump us over our greedy chips

Intel: Apple threatened to dump us over our greedy chips

Intel has admitted that Apple threatened to pull its chip business from the company if it did not dramatically reduce the power consumption of processors, providing "a real wake-up call" to the firm. Ultrabook director Greg Welch told the WSJ that Apple execs warned Intel that, if it couldn't "drastically slash" the amount of power each processor demanded, it would be likely to lose further orders for future MacBook models.

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iOS 5 Beta 4 Released As Apple’s First OTA Update

iOS 5 Beta 4 Released As Apple’s First OTA Update

Apple has just released a fourth beta for its upcoming iOS 5 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This beta is the very first from Apple to be available over-the-air (OTA). However, there are already reports that attempts to wirelessy upgrade aren't working. Thankfully, developers can still manually download and install this latest update via Apple's dev channel.

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3D Apple A6 CPU tipped amid iPhone 5 overheat reports

3D Apple A6 CPU tipped amid iPhone 5 overheat reports

Apple's A6 processor could beat Intel to the market for 3D IC chip construction, using the complex layering system so as to avoid overheating issues of the sort supposedly threatening to delay the next-gen iPhone and the current Apple A5 processor. According to EETimes, a Taiwanese report claims TSMC will be producing 3D 28nm chips by the end of the year which, SemiWiki says, can see performance boosted by around 30-percent while power consumption drops by around 50-percent. That will also add up to reduced heat output.

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Apple A6 chip in test production as TSMC eyes Samsung’s job

Apple A6 chip in test production as TSMC eyes Samsung’s job

Apple has reportedly green-lighted a production trial of Apple A6 next-gen processors by TSMC, amid ongoing rumors that the Cupertino company intends to dump Samsung as a component supplier as son as it can. According to Reuters' source, whether TSMC scoops the valuable contract will be down to what chip yield it can manage: if the proportion of defect-free A6 processors produced meets with Apple's liking, the company is expected to grant a formal contract.

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Apple to dump Samsung for TSMC in A6 chip production snub?

Apple to dump Samsung for TSMC in A6 chip production snub?

Apple and Samsung's ongoing legal rumpus could see the Korean company lose the manufacturing contract for the next-gen Apple A6 processor, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) the likely benefactor of the supply chain shakeup. According to both a Taipei Merill Lynch analyst and an Ars Technica source, Apple and TSMC are currently in talks with the entire A6 production deal on the table.

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Apple and Samsung execs in secret talks over copy claims

Apple and Samsung execs in secret talks over copy claims

The escalating legal spat between Apple and Samsung has long prompted astonishment among industry watchers, given the two companies are so inter-dependent on each others' business. Now, its been confirmed that - while Apple's lawyers decry Samsung as an arch "copyist" and Samsung argues that the design language it's accused of mimicking may only be as long-lived as a single generation or two of Apple hardware - high level executives from the firms are simultaneously holding secret talks.

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Apple Switching AirPort Branding To Wi-Fi?

Apple Switching AirPort Branding To Wi-Fi?

Apple likes to differentiate itself from competitors, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. Besides a stubborn unwillingness to adopt Flash and HDMI ports, the company also insists on calling its wireless connectivity by the name of AirPort, which can be confusing since it is more commonly known as Wi-Fi. But now, it looks like with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple may be caving into what's popular by dropping the AirPort name.

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