Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) have long been rumored to be exploring a foundry relationship where Intel would manufacture processors bound for iPhones and iPads. Speculation continues to heighten with a recent Reuters report stoking the rumor mill. Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE:TSM) has also been named as an additional candidate as Apple continues to wean itself from relying on rival Samsung.

In the video below,'s Alison Southwick asks contributor Evan Niu: Will a deal ever materialize?

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