Apple may be shifting production of mobile device processors to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) very soon according to Taiwanese newspaper The Commercial Times. It is rumored that TSMC will begin the production of the A6X in the first quarter of 2013. The Commercial Times is not known for always being accurate when it comes to rumors, but we do know that Apple has been wanting to shift away from their dependence on Samsung for a long time now because of all the lawsuits.
Last month there was a report that Apple was going to shift into using TSMC’s 28nm process for chip production instead of Samsung’s 32nm method. Apple’s A-series processors are built by a Samsung facility in Texas. Now Apple is building a new chip factory in the U.S. according to The Oregonian in mid-December to reduce their dependence on Samsung.