A report today from SemiAccurate, the site whose name describes their track record when it comes to Apple rumors, says Apple has just bought into a chip fabricating plant.
SemiAccurate, via 9to5Mac:
Apple has just done something that SemiAccurate has been expecting for months and entered the fab industry. No we are not joking, Apple just bought into a fab, and not in a trivial way either.
It’s unclear as to if the site mentions a specific company that Apple has bought into, as the full report resides behind a paywall. Tags for the report do list “UMC,” which could mean the company could be Taiwan-based chipmaker United Microelectronics Corporation.
SemiAccurate’s track record for past Apple related predictions is hit-and-miss, as the site missed on a 2011 report that Apple would be moving away from Intel chips for its laptop lineup, although they did hit with their 2012 prediction Apple would go back to Nvidia graphics for its Mac lineup.
Samsung currently remains the only provider of Apple’s A-Series chips for its iOS devices, but Apple has recently been reported to have struck a deal with TSMC to fabricate A-series chips beginning in 2014.