In an article posted on its website on July 10 (local time), the Wall Street Journal said that Apple started to get microprocessors from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in the second quarter, rather than Samsung Electronics. The total amount is unknown.
Apple's recent move can be interpreted as an endeavor to diversify its suppliers so that the company can reduce its heavy dependence on Samsung, which dates back to the year 2007.
Apple's measure can also be ascribed to its intention to check the domination of Samsung, which is embroiled in patent disputes with the company.
Some in the industry say that the US handset maker can't be fully independent of the Korean tech giant in microprocessors.