Apple Taps Samsung to Manufacture A9 SoCs for Future Devices

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Rumors emerged last Sunday claiming that Apple tapped Samsung to build their next-generation iOS device processors. In relation to this, there were also reports that these components are designed for the 2015 iPhone and iPad models.

According to The Korea Economic Daily, the South Korean tech giant will use the 14 nanometer process to manufacture Apple’s “A9” system-on-a-chip. The said SoC will power the “iPhone 7”.

However, these rumors contradict reports by Wall Street Journal, which claims that Apple has signed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. TSMC is said to produce the next-generation A-series chips for future iPhone and iPad units. The so-called A7 and A8 will be based on a 20 nm process, and are set for mass fabrication sometime this year.

Partnership between Apple and TSMC gained traction in 2010, although a number of technical and financial hang-ups prevented the deal from happening. But it is also possible that the Cupertino-based company has signed contracts between Samsung and TSMC for a more diversified supply chain.

On the other hand, the relationship between Apple and Samsung soured after the latter released smartphones that compete against the iPhone and iPad. Both companies are also in a worldwide patent dispute, wherein a California jury ruled a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung.

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