Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will reportedly supply Apple with A6 processors in 2012, which could mean that the American tech giant is planning to launch its six-generation iPhone next year, iPhone5newsblog reports based on a statement from Dan Heyler, Merrill Lynch analyst.
Samsung is currently Apple’s main A4 and A5 processor manufacturer, but the two companies have been entangled in a court battle for quite some time. Due to this fact, Apple may well consider finding another company to manufacture its processors.
As for the iPhone 5, Apple is allegedly planning to split production between Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology, which together are expected to manufacture some 15 million iPhone 5 units pre-launch and for the first 4 weeks of sales.
China Mobile, the largest Chinese service provider will reportedly launch the iPhone 5 in China in September, according to a tweet sent by a purported China Mobile employee. Of course, the post was quickly deleted.
Apple’s COO, Tim Cook, has secretly visited China Mobile, which has given rise to rumours that Apple and the Chinese carrier are trying to hammer out a deal.
China could indeed become Apple’s largest iPhone market in the near future since the economic growth of the country guarantees strong purchasing power for the population.