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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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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74 months ago
Fine by me. Samsung already makes the best displays and SSDs for the Macs.
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74 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.
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74 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.
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74 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.
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74 months ago
Why cant we all just get along?
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74 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.
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