One of the ironies in the recent Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) vs. Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) case is that Samsung remains a major chip supplier to Apple. The Samsung chips in question, unlike the iStuff, are even made in Texas.
If Apple really wanted to hurt its Korean rival, it might consider switching chip suppliers.
That still leaves Apple with some options:
Apple has a lot of experience changing chip suppliers. It spent most of the last decade transitioning to Intel chips for its main desktop line, running OSX.
Intel has immense motivation to go after Apple's business. It has been struggling in the mobile space for a decade, and an Apple win would give it instant credibility. The stock has gone almost nowhere for five years while TSM is up 43.5% and QCOM, which does not own its own fabrication plants, is up 62%.
How close does Intel have to get in its engineering of such a chip before it's worth speculating on?
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