updated 01:05 pm EDT, Fri July 12, 2013
A-series chips could become entirely in-house
Apple has bought into a chip fabrication plant, a SemiAccurate report claims. The full story is hidden behind a paywall, but is tagged with "UMC," likely a reference to Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corporation. If correct, the report could signify that Apple is planning to both design and manufacture its own processors; currently the company is believed to rely on Samsung and/or TSMC for its A-series chips.
In keeping with its name, SemiAccurate has a mixed track record. In 2011 it suggested that MacBooks would switch from Intel processors to A-series chips, but that failed to materialize. It did, however, accurately predict that Apple would switch MacBooks back to NVIDIA graphics after an earlier falling-out between the two companies.