According to a recent report from The Korea Economic Daily, Apple and Samsung recently officially signed an agreement stating that the two companies will work together on future A-series chips for Apple’s iOS devices. The deal specifically covers A9 chips based on a 14-nanometer process node starting in 2015. The claim comes just a few weeks after the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) confirmed a deal with Apple stating that they will begin producing A-series chips in 2014. The report mentioned the following regarding the situation:
Samsung Electronics had supplied the AP [application processor] to Apple since 2007 but lost the contract to supply 20 nano AP A8 chips to Apple to Taiwan's TSMC last year when it was engaged in patent disputes with Apple. Samsung Electronics developed state-of-the-art 14 nano models ahead of its rival TSMC, regaining the order from Apple.
It had been heavily speculated that Apple had been reportedly seeking to reduce its reliance on Samsung as a component supplier as the two companies have become fierce rivals in both the mobile marketplace and in the courtroom. The two companies, however, continued working together in several areas, particularly where Samsung’s competitors in the component market were unable to match its technology, production capacity, and/or pricing. The shift to TSMC for production of the high-profile main chips for Apple’s iOS devices had been viewed as the Cupertino California company breaking one of the most significant remaining tied between the two rival tech giants but it appears that Samsung has been able to bring Apple back into the fold once again. With both TSMC and Samsung being partners, it appears that Apple has positioned itself well enough to take advantage of whichever company takes the lead in developing the latest technologies.
We’ll have to see what comes of the two and if the confusion can be resolved with information that might reveal Apple’s future plans.
Source: The Korea Economic Daily via MacRumors