Reports from a Samsung official have revealed that Apple’s A8 chip will begin production before the end of this month at the Korean manufacturer’s factories, as well as plants in Austin, Texas, run by Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). If that scheduling is to be believed, we should expect the launch of new devices in September this year, not at WWDC in June as some have predicted.
An earlier report suggested that Samsung was struggling with poor yields of the A8 chip, but the anonymous Samsung official disputes these claims and says the company is ready to start mass production in Q2 2014. Samsung has built chips for every iPhone since the first generation back in 2007, but TSMC may have already started production of the A8 chips, splitting the responsibility to increase production now that the release cycles for the iPhone and iPad are only a month apart. TSMC reportedly struck a deal with Apple last year to start producing A-series chips at the start of 2014.