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Apple could free itself from Samsung chips as early as June

Published Apr 2nd, 2013 4:16PM EDT
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Apple (AAPL) has been trying to rapidly separate itself from longtime-partner-turned-nemesis Samsung (005930) and now Taiwan’s Economic Daily News reports that Apple could be free of its commitment to use Samsung as a chip supplier as soon as this June. Unnamed sources tell the site that Samsung’s exclusive agreement to produce Apple processors will expire in June and that Apple will be free to use other manufacturers to produce its next-generation A7 processor. This gels with earlier reports we heard last year that Apple stopped collaborating with Samsung while designing the A6 chipset as a precursor to ditching the company all together this year.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.