The A13 chip won’t be included in any iPhone models until next year, but Samsung is already courting Apple to become partners.
Apple, according to DigiTimes, is split between Samsung and Intel for its making its top-of-the-line chip in 2019. The potential suitor with a significant advantage is Samsung, and it’ll reportedly be prepared to take orders well before Apple’s longtime supplier.
In recent years, Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) enjoyed the benefits of being the go-to pick for chipmaking. But the 7+ nanometer processor with Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography won’t be integrated by TSMC so quickly. Samsung, on the other hand, could achieve integration sooner and win Apple’s business.
Both sides haven’t worked together on a chip in almost three years; however, Samsung develops OLED panels for the iPhone X and is expected to do so for the 2018 models. Although the display technology is more common now, Samsung seems to be one of the few companies to have mastered production. Apple continues leaning on Samsung due to its experience.
Even if Samsung is selected to lead production of the A13, it could be joined by other suppliers. Apple typically gives orders to multiple suppliers to ensure new iPhone models reach the market on schedule.
As for this year, TSMC will continue to be Apple’s primary supplier. The A12, which is a 7nm-based chip, has entered mass production and is expected to make its way inside three new iPhone models due out in the fall.