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  • Rumor: Apple in Talks with Intel Regarding Processor Manufacturing


    As we all know, Apple has been trying to distance itself from its dependency on Samsung, which is actually much harder than it may seem. As of right now, the South Korean electronics giant makes Apple’s RAM, some displays, and is currently the sole supplier of processors for Apple’s mobile devices. There has been a lot of speculation about where Apple might go to supplement or replace Samsung, with one of the top contenders being Intel. According to a new rumor, Apple is already in talks with Intel regarding using them to replace Samsung.

    Doug Freedman of RBC Capitol reports that there have been advanced talks on a deal to bring Apple’s processor manufacturing needs over to Intel. Freedman even claims to know specific terms of the deal that are being discussed right now, some of which include the following:

    • Intel would agree to use Apple’s preferred architecture for the iPhone — the one from Intel’s British rival, ARM Holdings.
    • In return, Apple would agree to switch to Intel’s x86 architecture for the iPad.

    As mentioned by Fortune, Freedman is stating that Apple’s demand for 12-inch system-on-a-chip wafers in 2013 could approach 415,000 which would outstrip Samsung’s ability to supply, giving Intel an upper-hand. Apple’s foundry business could be worth $2 billion in 2013 as well. As of right now, it’s hard to believe that Apple would switch the iPad over to Intel chips when ARM has better battery life, however with al of Intel’s expertise in chip making, many expect Intel’s mobile processors to surpass that of ARM’s in terms of energy efficiency in the future. We’ll have to see how true the rumor ends up being by being patient and waiting.

    Source: Fortune via Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor: Apple in Talks with Intel Regarding Processor Manufacturing started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Intel would be a great replacement. I just hope that Apple sticks with Intel for their processors on the MBP/MBA/MB etc. I guess if Intel does replace Samsung and Apple does move to SOC for all their products Intel will still be their main supplier...hopefully that won't happen though.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      This isnt much of a rumor as much as someone with a keyboard has simple logic. If apple needs processors they will be in talks with everyone.. Either way they are would be in talks with them whether or not they needed processors because they are two tech companies. And intel already supplies apple parts..
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      Hmmm the possibility of running a full osx distro on the iPad seems interesting.
    1. Devilish4eveR's Avatar
      Devilish4eveR -
      I have no doubt that switching to Intel would be the best way to go... I'm looking forward to it...

      I have no doubt that switching to Intel would be the best way to go... Looking forward to it!
    1. phoenix3200's Avatar
      phoenix3200 -
      LOL. This is never happening.

      Apple would be hard-pressed for such an architectural incompatibility between two products running the same OS. And Intel would be hard-pressed to manufacture someone else's designs in their fabs...unless Apple would be content with using ancient processes.

      Oh yea - don't forget that Apple still has a major grudge about the Ultrabook...and Intel is developing processors to go in Android devices.
    1. GTRagnarok's Avatar
      GTRagnarok -
      Quote Originally Posted by phoenix3200 View Post
      And Intel would be hard-pressed to manufacture someone else's designs in their fabs...unless Apple would be content with using ancient processes.
      Are you serious? Intel has the most advanced fabs in the world. They were making 22nm processors a year ago and are preparing for 14nm. Apple's newest A6 is 28nm.