The iPhone 7 is still nearly a year away, but the rumor mill is still churning out plenty of stories. The latest is a report from China that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) might actually receive all of the orders for the A10 chips that will go in the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 Chips May All Be Made By TSMC

Analyst claims iPhone 7 will have all TSMC chips

The Chinese website Economic Daily News claims that an analyst from JPMorgan Securities believes TSMC will receive 100% of the orders for chips for the iPhone 7. The reason for that is because of reports that Samsung’s A9 chips in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are underperforming those made by TSMC.

According to TechnoBuffalo, there have been several reports claiming that stress tests show that the phones equipped with Samsung’s A9 chips do not have long of a battery life as those made by TSMC. Of course Apple denies that there’s any obvious difference between the performance of Samsung’s chips and TSMC’s chips, and there are reports backing up this side as well.

BGR notes that last year it was reported that Samsung had won all of the chip orders for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. However, later it emerged that TSMC had received half of the orders for the A9 chip. And for the iPhone 6, there was a rumor that TMSC had again received all the chip orders. So obviously this rumor can be taken with a grain of salt. We are so far out from the unveiling of the iPhone 7 lineup that anything can change between now and then.

And then there are the reports from last month (a repeat of rumors from March) that Apple was in talks with Intel about using some of its chips, so can we really predict right now which company will make the iPhone 7 chips? Certainly not.

iPhone 7 hoax

Just to be clear, the iPhone 7 probably won’t be out until next September, and Apple will probably still be fine-tuning a lot of details over the next several months, maybe even as long as six months. So if you’ve been hearing the promise about testing out the iPhone 7, then beware that it’s nothing such a hoax.

Authorities with the Better Business Bureau are warning unsuspecting consumers about a number of phishing messages that are going around right now. Some people are getting emails, while others are seeing these messages on social media.

One of the messages pertains directly to the iPhone 7. It claims you will be able to test the iPhone 7 if you just fill out a survey. This is nothing but an attempt to get credit card numbers. Those who do complete the survey are told to enter their credit card information for a free iPhone. Of course it sounds too good to be true, and it absolutely is. Apple never looks for random iPhone testers, and whenever you see something about a hot topic like this, you can pretty much bet that it’s just a scam.

And there are other phishing messages going around as well, like some parents are receiving emails stating that their child is in jail in a foreign country. Actually this scam has been going on for years. I received a similar message from a friend a year or two ago, and I knew without a doubt that she wasn’t in a foreign country and that she would never email me and ask for money.

Of course this one is more obvious since you probably know whether your child is in a foreign country or not, but the iPhone 7 scam may not seem so obvious to everyone, so just beware.