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Samsung to Produce Majority of Apple's A9 Chips for Next-Generation iPhone

Samsung will be the main supplier of Apple's upcoming A9 chip that will power the next-generation iPhone, reports South Korean newspaper Maeil Business (via Reuters). The newspaper notes that Samsung will supply around 75% of chips for the next iPhone, and that the processors will be produced at the company's factory in Austin, Texas.

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Apple's A8 chip

Last month, a report from Korea's ET News said that Samsung had begun work on the processor in Texas. Previous reports noted that Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would be producing the A9 chip, although Samsung was chosen to be the primary supplier in a deal that was said to be worth billions. BusinessKorea reported last month that Apple would be relying more heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch components including RAM, NAND flash storage, and batteries.

Apple's A9 chip is expected to power the iPhone 6s and presumably the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini. Apple is also expected to launch a larger-screened iPad Pro at some point this year, although that device has been rumored to utilize Apple's A8X processor.


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25 months ago
Fine by me. Samsung already makes the best displays and SSDs for the Macs.
Rating: 20 Votes
25 months ago

So, fanboys, get used to it: Microsoft=Google=Samsung=Apple. No difference between them anymore.


You are wrong, but I'm not going to list why. If you've blindly landed on that conclusion now, nothing I will say will make a difference.
Rating: 8 Votes
25 months ago

Fine with me as well since Samsung makes the best Arm CPU's as wel.


Samsung doesn't even makes CPU's.

Their SOC CPU's are designed by ARM, Samsung just has a license for those cores.

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Why cant we all just get along?


Apple gets along with Samsung Electronics fine.

Now Samsung Telecomunications is a competitor, a black sheep in the group.
Rating: 7 Votes
25 months ago
Why cant we all just get along?
Rating: 7 Votes
25 months ago

Samsung doesn't even makes CPU's.

Their SOC CPU's are designed by ARM, Samsung just has a license for those cores.

I see what you done did. You're right, Samsung does make the best. Too bad for them it's an Apple custom design.

Put another way, Samsung is excellent at component fabrication, not design.
Rating: 7 Votes
25 months ago

Fine with me as well since Samsung makes the best Arm CPU's as wel.


I see what you done did. You're right, Samsung does make the best. Too bad for them it's an Apple custom design.

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Why don't Samsung and Apple get married already?

I can only dream of the day Samsung and apple make phone together. I know it'll never happened but I can still dream. That phone would rule them all.


I agree. Maybe Samsung could convince Apple it's okay to include more than 1GB of RAM on a phone.
Rating: 6 Votes
25 months ago

... Previous reports noted that Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would be producing the A9 chip ...


A major benefit of having multiple suppliers?
Two words: "bidding war."
Rating: 5 Votes
25 months ago
Every year Samsung is the seamstress who makes the dress to the smoking hot girl that Apple takes to the prom.
Rating: 5 Votes
25 months ago
Hmm, déjà vu. Didn't we have this same piece of news a couple of weeks ago?
Rating: 4 Votes
25 months ago

Why don't Samsung and Apple get married already?

If today's fanboys knew how these companies work internally, most forums would be closed because of no activity. Apple is no longer a company looking for wise users who appreciate good design. It turned into a new Microsoft when they decided to pursue quantity. So, fanboys, get used to it: Microsoft=Google=Samsung=Apple. No difference between them anymore. Yes, this turns Linux into the almost only really independent player, and yes, Linux is a step backwards if you enjoyed Apple. But these are the times we're living.
Rating: 4 Votes

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