The Electronic Times of Korea is sourcing Samsung insiders in reporting that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the sole provider of what we think to be the A10 processor for use in Apple’s iPhone 7. TSMC will be using a 10nm process to build the chipset.
It seems both manufacturers had sent samples to Apple back in July and it seems that the TSMC was the one that got the order in the end. The two shared the order for the A9 processors last year — to the detriment of Samsung — while TSMC was the sole provider of the A8.
Samsung is currently trying to ramp up and promote its 14nm FinFET-based Exynos 8 Octa chipsets in addition to serving Qualcomm’s order for Snapdragon 820 chipsets for use to make up for what would’ve been revenue from the Apple orders.
It’s also working on a 7nm process, possibly for a future Apple processor.