Samsung to Supply Apple with chips for Next iPhone

Jasmina Lozevska July 16, 2013 0


Apple seems to be quite busy and working on the release of its iPhone 5 successor by the end of this fall. Numerous rumors involve this tech giant for its future plans but Apple declines to comment any of them. We’ve seen reports earlier that Apple wants to distance itself completely from Samsung by ditching it as a supplier for its processor chips. Several big companies have been mentioned that will take Samsung’s place but there wasn’t anything official. Now, a new report shows that nothing is changed and Samsung once again will be the number 1 processor chip supplier for Apple.

According to Korea Economic Daily reports, Samsung will supply Apple with its A9 chips that will be used in the next gen iPhone. The relationship between these companies isn’t bad after all, as this company is set to use a 14-nanometer process which is set to start in 2015. This chip will go under production in 2015 and will be the main power source for the future iPhone (theoretically iPhone 7).

This comes after an agreement between processor chip manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Apple. It was a three-year deal for developing Apple’s series processor chips all the way to the A9 chip. Apple and Samsung haven’t commented on this so far and we could expect from them not to do that either.

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Samsung is known for developing Apple’s A-series chips for its all iOS based devices. The South Korean based company has developed even the current A6 chip included in the iPhone 5 and iPad 4th generation. Apple has reduced its chip orders to Samsung, as it tries to reduce dependence of its biggest competitor and legal foe.

Apple has made an effort to secure its exclusive access to TSMC chips by offering this chipmaker $1 billion. This offer would reserve these chips from the Taiwan based manufacturing company just for its iOS devices. TSMC has rejected this offer along with Qualcomm, which received a similar offer from Apple. This report came from Bloomberg and Apple, Qualcomm and TSMC have declined to comment.

It is said that Apple is about to sign a deal with Globalfoundries, a chipmaker company, to produce its future chips. This deal will give Apple control over both chip manufacturing and design that is similar to Intel. However, there are no details related to this on-going negotiation between these companies. Source is claiming that both companies are in advanced talks but no deal is imminent for now.

As we can see, Apple is trying the best it can to ditch Samsung as a chip supplier but this is not going quite so well. If Samsung produced future iPhone processor chips, Apple will be brought back right where it started. Will this mean a new legal measures between these two companies will be taken? – We will find out in 2015.

Do you support Apple for distancing from Samsung or you think that Samsung should remain as the main processor supplier? – Give us your answer in comments bellow.

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