The source said on Friday that whether TSMC would get actual orders for the chips would depend on its yield rate, or the amount of chips per batch that come out with no defects.If TMSC pulls through with their trial production and can prove to Apple they can become a viable replacement for Samsung, it will be massive blow to the South Korean conglomerate. Apple has invested almost $8 billion dollars in Samsung, but given their current ongoing legal battles (with Apple accusing Samsung of copying their iPhone/iPad designs).
“TSMC has got all the authorization and details ready. Whether Apple puts in a formal order will depend on the yield rate,” the source said.
The next generation iPhone 5 is rumoured to house the A5 processor, currently powering the iPad 2. Apple utilized the A4 chip that powered the original iPad into the iPhone 4. If history repeats itself, it’s a no-brainer the next iPhone will follow suit and employ the dual-core A5.