Deny as you might – most iPhone 5S rumors over the course of recent weeks have been uninspiring at best. It’s starting to look pretty conclusively like we’re in for another round of minor tweaks to specs and feature the likes of which will render the iPhone 5S release date one of the most uninspiring in the history of Apple’s Smartphone – one that isn’t likely to bode well with investors.
However, in another sense and from a strictly business point of view, the iPhone 5S could in one sense represent one of the most significant and pivotal devices in Apple’s recent years – it could be the very last iPhone to be heavily reliant on Samsung components.
Apple and Samsung aren’t exactly what you’d call market bedfellows to put it mildly, having rarely been able to take their hands off each-other’s throats for years. However, behind the scenes it’s a rather different story as Apple hands over billions to Samsung every single year for component production – including the Samsung-made A6 and A6X processors.
Not for much longer however as according to reports from the Korea Times, Apple’s A7 processor which is expected to debut with the iPhone 6 next year will be made by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. They state that the chip might technically be ready in time for the iPhone 5S release date this summer, but given the timeframe between now and then it will in all likelihood be held back for the iPhone 6 launch in 2014.
As such, while the two aren’t likely to turn their back on each other entirely in terms of business relations, the iPhone 5S could by rights be the last to launch with a pretty conclusive spread of Samsung’s fingerprints all over it.