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% of the A8 inventory Apple will use over the lifetime of its next product generation. Samsung will still handle 30% to 40% 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.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.