Samsung Confirmed to Produce A9 Chips for Apple's Next-Generation Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung will provide Apple with A9 chips for its next-generation iPhone and other devices, reports Bloomberg, confirming a previous report in early February. Over the past couple of months there had been confusion and conflicting reports as to whether Samsung, Apple's longtime supplier and rival, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would produce the chips.


    In 2013, Apple signed a chip production deal with TSMC in hopes of diversifying its supply chain resources and reducing its reliance on Samsung amid the two companies' ongoing legal disputes.

    It appears that Samsung's investment in manufacturing technologies won Apple over, with TSMC Chairman Morris Chang recently telling investors that the company would lose ground to Samsung in producing the most advanced chip technology possible in 2015, though he also noted the company would regain that advantage in 2016.

    Samsung is reportedly producing the chips with its advanced 14-nanometer process, which has outpaced TSMC's capabilities and results in smaller chips that consume less energy and provide more processing power. The Korean company is also said to be providing memory chips for Apple's next-generation devices.

    Thus far, little is known about what the next-generation iPhones or iPads could include other than new A9 chips, but new reports indicate Apple could be bringing its new Force Touch technology to the devices. Other rumors also suggest the A9 may make its way into the "iPad Pro", which may debut in late 2015. It's likely the 2015 versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini will be outfitted with versions of the A9 as well.

    Article Link: Samsung Confirmed to Produce A9 Chips for Apple's Next-Generation Devices
  2. GuitarDTO macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    Well, they (Samsung) make good, quality components so not surprising.
  3. xARx2 macrumors member


    Nov 2, 2014
    With the funds Apple has, why don't they build a plant for in-house manufacturing of chips?
  4. 2457282, Apr 2, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2015

    2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    the A9 chip may surprise with 128bit compared with the 64 bit A8. and still all apps are 32bit and the iPhone still only has 1meg ram. perfect/s
  5. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    Cuz Samsung is doing a mighty fine job as it is?
  6. xlost6 macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Why fix something that's not broken? Samsung does a fine job producing chips for Apple products.
  7. Palladium SG macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2015
    The reason why Apple doesn't have their own phone assembly factories.
  8. RockSpider macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2014
    I'm getting confused, I thought we hated anything to do with Samsung.
  9. Palladium SG macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Their semiconductor foundry business is world class, but everything else is commoditized stuff that everyone else can do cheaper or better.
  10. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    That's an awful waste of energy to hate things that have no effect on our lives.
  11. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

    Jun 8, 2011
    And I thought you hated anything to do with Apple.
  12. RockSpider macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2014
    It's not me, it's usually the people on here, especially when they hear TMC or whatever is going to build their beloved chips.
  13. IGregory macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2012
    Costs! Why build manufacturing capacity with all the related costs that comes with it. Its much cheaper to contract out the work than Apple doing it itself - elementary economics.
  14. RockSpider macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2014
    No not everything, just the idea that they are beyond reproach and that they have invented everything and make everything better than everyone else. Apart from those things I do actually own Apple products.
  15. imaginex20, Apr 2, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2015

    imaginex20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Next week we're going to get a report from an analyst confirming TMSC will produce the A9 SOC...
  16. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    Fairchild has been resurrected to build the A10...



    Plus, for the scale that they're building, there is a huge cost in having people that build the chips design them as well. It's the Intel-AMD conundrum: Your competitors will help you build features that they design by spending resources coming up with great ideas that you can implement better.

    Plus, there is a great impact when you say to your supplier:
    "Hey! We want our chips to run faster and cheaper than you're doing now, and if you don't, we'll buy them from your competitor," which is much more difficult if you own the fab.
  17. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
  18. FlatCable macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2015
    I have money for a chicken farm.

    Should I make one?

    No, that would be dumb if it's not my business.
  19. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    Because it's much cheaper for Samsung and the other chipmakers to compete on a lower price than for Apple to produce the chips itself.
  20. mabhatter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    Because making chips is HARD. You put a billion dollars up front and hope your engineers get it right or you get squat. There's no prize for making a 16 nm chip now, that's last year's model.


    Samsung can't seem to get a leash on their marketing dogs. They never had any business Apple-bashing because Samsung is playing both sides... You buy a Galaxy, they win... You buy an iPhone they still win a little less cause most of the important parts they make. If they'd have kept their mouths shut they'd be a lot richer and Apple wouldn't keep trying to cut them out.
  21. MacVista macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    Nice of Apple to give work, money and ideas to its main competitor.
  22. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
    Wake me up when they start producing 450nm chips
  23. MacCurry macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    It might be if you eat a lot of chicken!
  24. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    Wait, this is a confirmed rumor? I'm confused.
  25. RockSpider macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2014
    I'm no fan of Samsung but I think they know they have Apple over a barrel, don't forget it was Apple that started the war with Samsung.

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