Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, the largest third-party contract manufacturer in the world, has reportedly declined offers from both Apple and Qualcomm, who were looking for exclusive capacity to meet demand for their own products. Rumors of Apple tapping Taiwan Semiconductor have persisted for years, with nothing materializing. The iPhone maker could potentially be interested in using Taiwan Semi to produce its custom mobile processors for future iDevices, which would displace its current supplier, Samsung.
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