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Samsung loses out on iPhone 6S chip deal, rumours suggest

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Samsung may have missed out on a big deal with Apple to produce the lion’s share of iPhone 6S chipsets.

Recent reports suggested Samsung had struck a partnership with Apple to manufacture the A9 and A9X chips.

Analysts are now saying, however, that the production rights for the majority of chips have actually been given to TSMC.

TSMC is a Taiwan-based semiconductor manufacturing company, already boasting a longstanding history producing chips for Apple wares.

According to news site Barrons, Rick Hsu and Olivia Hsu, analysts at Daiwa Securities, say that the ‘A9 contest is coming to an end’, with TSMC coming out on top.

We believe TSMC will earn most of the A9 orders thanks to its superior yield ramp and manufacturing excellence in mass-production,” the analysts revealed.

“We expect TSMC to earn all of Apple’s A9X orders for the next generation iPad and most of the A9 for the next generation of iPhone, aggregating to an allocation of over 70 per cent.”

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It’s worth noting that Samsung’s factories already produce chips for its own smartphones i.e. the Exynos chipset series. The added pressure of iPhone chips might have overwhelmed factory capacity.

Of course, this is all still rumour and speculation, and analysts still say nothing has actually been finalised just yet.

The iPhone 6S is expected to launch in Q3 this year, likely landing alongside the next-generation iPad Air 3.

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