Samsung designed the A4 and A5, not the A6.

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Timzer, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Timzer macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2011
    So according to this article from The Verge, a Samsung official has stated the A6 to be the first Apple chip not designed by Samsung. Interesting indeed.
  2. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    We all knew the A6 was custom designed by Apple...
  3. KnightMan macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    I think the point the OP was making is that the common belief that continuously get's spread here is that Apple designs it's own chips (A4, A5) and Samsung just manufactures them. I for one have seen this numerous times. Well this article just proves that belief dead wrong.
  4. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Oh, yeah the A4 and A5 were largely rebranded Samsung chips.
  5. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2006
    That's not true at all.
  6. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
  7. russgold macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    Links or resources to back up these claims?
  8. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2006
    Where are your links that for example say the Apple A5 or A5X is rebranded Samsung chip?

    Everything we know about these chips show that they do not match an existing or future Samsung chip, so how can it be a rebranded chip? For example, the A5 uses a completely different GPU and the A5X uses a completely different GPU as well as being the only SOC with a quad channel memory controller.
  9. Sincci macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    Well the wikipedia article for Apple A4 strongly hints that it's very similar to Samsung's own Hummingbird SoC that was designed in a co-operation with Intrinsity that Apple bought later on. I wouldn't be surprised if the CPU part on A5/A5X was also similar to Samsung's Exynos 4 SoC, but with a different GPU. While the chips are not really "rebranded Samsung chips", they are still based on their designs with a small modifications here and there.

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