TSMC delivers its first shipment of microprocessors to Apple

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has officially begun shipping supplies of its microprocessors to Apple. Following TSMC solidifying a deal with Apple late last year, they have begun filling orders of its latest microprocessors starting in Q2 of 2014. This event marks a monumental shift for Apple, as it tries to diversify its suppliers in light of strained relations with competitor, Samsung.

Samsung has supplied Apple with most of its mobile chips since the original iPhone, which was released in 2007. But, as Samsung began its own mobile device business and slowly grew to become a juggernaut, relationships between Apple became strained. Both Apple and Samsung have not only butt heads in public, but also in court, where they have been in constant legal battles over the past several years.

Due to the increased strains, Apple has looked to distance itself from Samsung, becoming less reliant on the manufacturer and instead finding new partners that will be able to create chips, screens, and other parts for its current and future products.

Apple is rumored to be producing the iPhone 6, next generation iPad, and the iWatch, which should see a release later this year. Most recently, Apple had its developer conference that showed off a new versions of OSX and iOS.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Shutterstock - engineer touching glow electronics circuit​

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68k said,
The circuit diagram pictured above is most likely a valve radio's!

with the number of variable coils, transformers and coils, I'd probably agree it's some type of radio

The paper also states that Apple's first iPhone 6 order will consist of 68 million units, with the device finally entering mass production later this month.

If true, this is a huge ammount for a first batch order. Larger iPhone 6 will break many records.

A larger iPhone is definitely going to sell well, but I don't think we can take a large shipment of them to be a definite sign that all those phones will move. Think Surface RT overstock problems.

Majesticmerc said,
A larger iPhone is definitely going to sell well, but I don't think we can take a large shipment of them to be a definite sign that all those phones will move. Think Surface RT overstock problems.

The number may be an estimate abyway. But in my opinion Apple is a bit more competent when it comes to gauging customer interest in a device.

We'll still have the people who every year say Apple are deliberately holding back stock to limit supply. They have no idea how hard it is logistically to get millions of units released on the same day across multiple countries!

Majesticmerc said,
A larger iPhone is definitely going to sell well, but I don't think we can take a large shipment of them to be a definite sign that all those phones will move. Think Surface RT overstock problems.

History shows that Apple has no issues w/s/e moving that initial stock of iPhones. Maybe the one exception to that would be the iPhone 5C.