It is well known that the relationship between Apple and Samsung has a lot of love-hate : fierce battles in the courts, eternal competition for first place in the rankings… and juicy deals that have served to almost always have a lot of Samsung inside Apple devices. It seems that there are things that, if they work, are better left unchanged.
That’s exactly what will happen this year. Thanks to MacRumors, we have learned that Samsung will supply up to 75% of the A9 chips for the next generation of the iPhone. The processors will be produced at the South Korean company’s factory in Austin, Texas. The news has been published in the South Korean newspaper Maeil Business.
You can’t really say that this announcement is a great revelation. Just last month, the news agency ET News (also South Korean, you guessed it) reported that Samsung had already started work on the new processors in Austin. And even earlier rumours and leaks were already taking for granted that the cake for the production of the new A9 would be shared between Samsung and TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company). Finally, at BusinessKorea there was also talk a month ago that Apple would rely primarily on Samsung for both iPhone 6 and Apple Watch components: RAM, storage flash and batteries.
The A9 chip is expected to bring the next generation iPhone, perhaps the iPhone 6s, and the new iPad Air and iPad mini to life. We’re not forgetting the long-awaited iPad Pro, but almost all the rumours indicate that this hypothetical large iPad would have the A8X processor present in the iPad Air 2.
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