Apple will not be asking Samsung to make processors for its forthcoming iPhone 7 and will instead rely on Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) to be the sole supplier of the handset's A10 chip.
TSMC and Samsung both made A9 chipsets for last year’s iPhone 6s. However, a row blew up in the weeks after launch when it was claimed that devices with Samsung’s chips were outperformed in terms of battery life by those with TSMC’s component.
While Apple refuted that claim, this latest news is sure to spark the story back into life. Apple and Samsung remain locked in a final battle over patent infringements, with the latter looking to take their tussle to the US Supreme Court.
TSMC is thought to have been chosen because of its cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, which Apple hopes will make the iPhone 7 a faster, more efficient device than any of its previous smartphones.
The iPhone 7 is due for launch in autumn of this year. Rumours suggest it won’t feature a radically different design, but that its will come with an improved dual lens camera and a series of updated internal specs.
Get all the juice on Apple's next phone with our iPhone 7 rumours round up.
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