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Samsung confirmed for iPhone 6S Apple A9 chip production

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Samsung has been confirmed as the chosen manufacturer for Apple's A9 chip, which will almost certainly power the iPhone 6S.

There have been numerous reports over the past few months claiming that Samsung was in line to manufacture Apple's next mobile chip.

Indeed, back in December, it was claimed that Samsung had already commenced production of the A9.

However, the last that we heard on the matter was a suggestion that Samsung had lost out to TSMC as the primary producer of the A9 chip.

Now Bloomberg is offering a report claiming that Samsung has won back the right to produce the A9 in bulk from TSMC. It claims that the manufacturer will commence production of the A9 chip at its Giheung plant in South Korea.

Last year's flagship phones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, ran on A8 chips supplied by TSMC. Apple appeared keen to move away from Samsung, which has emerged as both its biggest smartphone rival and (alleged) imitator.

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However, it seems Samsung's heavy investment in chip production technology in recent times has won Apple back over. In particular, Samsung's latest Exynos chip, which powers the Galaxy S6, has been impressing with its performance level and energy efficiency.

That's largely thanks to Samsung's apparent mastery of the 14nm production process, which has seen it pull ahead of industry leader Qualcomm.

Malcolm Tucker

April 4, 2015, 12:40 am

This is great news for people who desire to purchase a device whose
brains are manufactured by Samsung, but also need the product to have a very high markup.

shnatiw

April 4, 2015, 7:23 am

lol. Yes Samsung must be laughing all the way to the bank. iPhone 6S. Designed by Apple, built by Foxconn, powered by Samsung. Although Samsung have also priced their two latest flagships along the same lines as Apple.

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