Apple supplier TSMC counter-sues GlobalFoundries as patent fight intensifies

Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in a series of patent lawsuits lodged on Monday claims segment competitor GlobalFoundries infringes on owned patents, with the filings representing the latest volley in what has become a tit-for-tat legal battle. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

iPhone chip supplier TSMC anticipates drop in premium phone shipments, Bitcoin to fuel growth

Chip manufacturer TSMC is anticipating a decline in shipments for premium smartphones this year, advising during its fourth-quarter earnings briefing that orders relating to cheaper mobile devices will rise slightly, with company growth likely to occur through embracing cryptocurrencies. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

TSMC looks beyond iPhone 8’s 10nm chips as it plans new plant to make 5nm and 3nm ones

TSMC may have won the exclusive contract to produce the A10 chip in the iPhone 7 and be on track to do the same for the A11 chip for next year’s iPhone, but the company isn’t taking future business for granted. Nikkei Asian Review reports that the company is already planning to build a new plant to […]

How TSMC Won Back Exclusivity With Apple for the A10 Chip in iPhone 7

Last year, MacRumors covered the potential reasoning for Apple’s rumored return to having a single partner for Apple A-series chip production with the A10 after having both Samsung and TSMC produce versions of the Apple A9. Since then, TSMC confirmed in conference call comments that its chip packaging changes have led to improvements of 20 […]

KGI expects Apple to sell 2.5M iPad Pros in Q4 as TSMC found to be sole provider of A9x chip

Respected analyst Ming Chi-Kuo from KGI Securities has this evening issued an investor note in which he predicts sales for Apple’s latest tablet, iPad Pro. Kuo predicts in his note that Apple will sell between 2.4 million and 2.6 million iPad Pro units in the fourth quarter of 2015. As we head into 2016, Kuo expects those numbers […]