Jun 27th, 2011

A standing arrangement that saw Samsung as the manufacturer of processor components for Apple’s mobile devices will reportedly end next year as the Cupertino-based technology giant hands the reigns over to Taiwan Seminconductor Manufacturing Company. Samsung was tapped to supply Apple with the A4 and A5 chips used in recent iPhone and iPad devices, but increased competition from the Korean manufacturer’s lineup of Android smartphones and an ongoing legal dispute have no doubt soured relations between the two companies.

Rumors that the two companies would part ways started up earlier this year, though the reveal that the A5 chip found in the iPad 2 would still be Samsung-made proved initial reports false. That was before Apple alleged that Samsung copied the design of their iOS products in the US courts and is doing the same in Korea, showing little hope that business relations might be salvaged.

[via ArsTechnica]

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