It's been a recurrent headline throughout 2012. The bitter rivalry between Apple and Samsung has made it increasingly difficult - if not impossible - for the two tech giants to continue working so closely with one another. For months, speculation has mounted that Apple and Samsung are mutually excited about the prospect of cutting most - if not all - ties.
In particular, Apple is "in a hurry" to end its reliance on Samsung for the manufacturing of its mobile processors. But it's going to be immensely difficult to do anything "in a hurry" given how complex and convoluted the process of transitioning away from Samsung could prove to be for a company the size of Apple.
RBC Capital's Amit Daryanani said Friday that Apple's list of "go-to providers" isn't necessarily stellar in the absence of Samsung.
It's not going to be easy to switch suppliers, he writes. Apple did most of the heavy lifting on the A6 chips in the current generation of iPhones and iPads -- designing the processors in-house and paying Samsung to manufacture them.
So who are Apple's potential partners in place of Samsung? Intel, TSMC, GlobalFoundries, and Go Vertical. But according to the rumor mill, it sounds like Intel is the most likely candidate. Other sources at RBC have been cited by Fortune indicating that "Intel already in talks with Apple to build iPhone processors."