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New iPhone said to pack A9 chip built by Samsung

by Todd Haselton | April 3, 2015April 3, 2015 8:00 am PDT


Apple and Samsung have a deeper partnership than fans of both companies probably want to admit. The fact is, Apple relies on Samsung’s massive manufacturing capabilities and expansive hardware portfolio to provide some of the chips used in its iPhones. That changed a little bit with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, when Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was tapped to build the latest A8 processor, but a new report suggests Samsung is back in the fold

Bloomberg recently reported that Apple has asked Samsung to manufacture new A9 chips that will be used in the next iPhone and, likely, in the next iPads. We’re still a long ways away from September, when the new iPhones typically hit the market, but it’s certainly about time for Apple to start getting everything in order. Samsung will build the chips in South Korea, which contradicts earlier reports that Apple’s chips would be manufactured by Samsung in Austin, Texas.

If Samsung can’t fulfill all of the orders, Bloomberg said that some of the spillover will be handed to Globalfoundries, which suggests that TSMC is out of the picture this year, at least in terms of processor manufacturing. It’s still unclear when manufacturing will begin.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...