Samsung Confirmed to Produce A9 Chips for Apple's Next-Generation Devices

Samsung will provide Apple with A9 chips for its next-generation iPhone and other devices, reports Bloomberg, confirming a previous report in early February. Over the past couple of months there had been confusion and conflicting reports as to whether Samsung, Apple's longtime supplier and rival, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would produce the chips.

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Samsung will start making Apple A9 processor chips at its Giheung plant in South Korea, the people said, asking not to be identified because the contract hasn’t been discussed publicly. Additional orders will go to Samsung’s partner Globalfoundries Inc., according to another person familiar with the arrangement.

In 2013, Apple signed a chip production deal with TSMC in hopes of diversifying its supply chain resources and reducing its reliance on Samsung amid the two companies' ongoing legal disputes.

It appears that Samsung's investment in manufacturing technologies won Apple over, with TSMC Chairman Morris Chang recently telling investors that the company would lose ground to Samsung in producing the most advanced chip technology possible in 2015, though he also noted the company would regain that advantage in 2016.

Samsung is reportedly producing the chips with its advanced 14-nanometer process, which has outpaced TSMC's capabilities and results in smaller chips that consume less energy and provide more processing power. The Korean company is also said to be providing memory chips for Apple's next-generation devices.

Thus far, little is known about what the next-generation iPhones or iPads could include other than new A9 chips, but new reports indicate Apple could be bringing its new Force Touch technology to the devices. Other rumors also suggest the A9 may make its way into the "iPad Pro", which may debut in late 2015. It's likely the 2015 versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini will be outfitted with versions of the A9 as well.

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HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
121 months ago
I'm getting confused, I thought we hated anything to do with Samsung.
Only when anything is at odds with Apple. When Apple is endorsing anything- even if it was formerly (or even currently) at odds with anything- we flip it back to love. The primary rule is:
-whatever Apple is against or is against Apple, we're against.
-whatever Apple is for or is for Apple, we're for.

Classic Examples:
-Patent system is broken when a patent is working against Apple. Patents are meant "to protect intellectual capital" when a patent is working for Apple.
-Analyst is stupid when he says something negative about Apple. Analyst is quoted and referenced when he says something positive.
-Big screen phones are abominations, stupid, "99% don't want" when Apple is endorsing small screens. Then Apple goes to big screens and they are the "best iPhones ever".
-NFC is a gimmick, 99% don't need, "my credit cards work fine" when Apple doesn't implement it. Then Apple implements it and we want to boycott stores who won't let us pay with Apple pay.

Personally, I'm with many here who know that Samsung makes great guts for Apple hardware. I'd much rather get any Apple product built upon Samsung guts than hope for "as good" with someone else's. Glad to see this for the next iPhone.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RockSpider Avatar
121 months ago
I'm getting confused, I thought we hated anything to do with Samsung.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
\-V-/ Avatar
121 months ago
With the funds Apple has, why don't they build a plant for in-house manufacturing of chips?
Cuz Samsung is doing a mighty fine job as it is?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
\-V-/ Avatar
121 months ago
I'm getting confused, I thought we hated anything to do with Samsung.
That's an awful waste of energy to hate things that have no effect on our lives.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GuitarDTO Avatar
121 months ago
Well, they (Samsung) make good, quality components so not surprising.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Palladium SG Avatar
121 months ago
With the funds Apple has, why don't they build a plant for in-house manufacturing of chips?

The reason why Apple doesn't have their own phone assembly factories.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)