If you thought the recent and continuing patent struggles between Samsung and Apple were anything to go by, the strained relationship has spread much further than the companies’ mobile divisions. Apple has depended upon Samsung for many components in its various iDevices but it appears that will change with the next wave of products.
A senior Samsung official has told a Korean newspaper that Apple has made it clear that they no longer plan to use their technology going forward. This was already found to be the case with the A6 processor found in the iPhone 5. While Samsung produced it at their foundry Apple designed the chip completely in-house. Samsung has previously had a hand in the chip design process.
This move away from Samsung indicates that Apple could transfer its foundry needs to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for the next generation of devices.
KitGuru says: Obviously Apple doesn’t believe in the “keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer” saying.