The ongoing legal battle and increased competition between Apple and Samsung has further distanced the companies away from each other, to the point that they don’t really like one another anymore. The rivalry that has emerged between the two consumer electronics makers might reach its most critical point soon, as hit-and-miss DigiTimes claims that Apple will drop Samsung as its component supplier and switch to Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) by as early as next year.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this rumor, but it does make sense as the two companies battle for supremacy in the United States and other markets. Apple has already reportedly switched away from Samsung as its battery supplier for iPads and MacBooks, but dropping the South Korean firm as the supplier of some 200 million mobile processors for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch would be devastating for the company. It’s important to remember that this is just a rumor, however, and that DigiTimes doesn’t exactly have the best track record.