Apple buys into United Microelectronics Corporation; planning to build its own chips?
27. lyndon420 (Posts: 1450; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I agree. I'm sure they began to see the benefits of making more of their own hardware/chips.
2. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1616; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Theapple chip.....I swear that's part of a happy meal McDonalds.....
5. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Definitely one of. Samsung figured it out a long time ago, kinda surprised it took others as long as it has to go this route.
11. darkkjedii (Posts: 8894; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Samsung become a super power from that smart decision too.
22. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 571; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Apple has owned stakes in ARMH and Imagination (PowerVR) for years. They have purchased, outright, three chip companies in the last decade, including PA Semiconductors. This is nothing new for them. As for Samsung, they are just an ARM licensee, and Apple has an ARM Architecture license.
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 8894; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Apple will do well in whatever venture they take on, cuz they have the know how capitol, and partnering. Fanboys want them to fail, want them gone, but lets be real...not gonna happen.
30. joey_sfb (Posts: 1859; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
it's hater that want Apple to fail not fanboys.
19. ph00ny (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It's still an uphill battle in the foundry business.
Samsung was fortunate to have had the capacity in foundry business due to DRAM manufacturing.
As for ditching TSMC, that might be a smart choice. Look at the number of times it botched Nvidia's product launch due to yield issues
28. rantao333 (Posts: 140; Member since: 21 May 2013)
cannot agree more with you, only the irrational "geek / tech guy" would think that samsung is clean and innocent. and belief they own high technologies
trace back the history. samsung has a great record for backstabbing partners, copying & stealing technology, ideas. ppl think that samsung made great tv, they dont realised that samsung steal it from SONY after they join venture as S-LCD back in 2004. samsung slowly eating sony market share by offering "sony" product at a way more cheaper price & market it with tons of ads.
same thing happened with apple & samsung.
in business they is nothing wrong with samsung, so do APPLE suing samsung. and getting 10 billion.
SO pple stop being a s h e e p!
23. ardent1 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
A lot people don't realized that APPLE helped build Samsung's business, i.e. people don't know how Samsung backstabbed Apple.
In order to secured Flash memory, Apple commited $5 billions to its suppliers in exchange for long term contracts in 2005. Ths money was used by Samsung to help expand their Flash memory capacity. See link:http://www.apple.com/pr/librar
As for DRAM info, Apple is very tight-lipped about disclosing this type of info; however, Tim Cook did disclose there are strategic relationships with DRAM supplers.
Reade this article about how Samsung Mobility looked into Apple's Samsung relationship to gain an edge. http://www.businessweek.com/ar
It is a KNOWN fact that Apple played a huge role in helping Samsung become a giant in the electronics business only to see Samsung's Mobility Business steal from Apple. Talk about backstabbing. The Businessweek article makes it clear to the average person how Samsung gleams inside, confidential information from customers (even those with long term relationships) to benefit itself. If you do business with Samsung, you might be digging your own grave.
24. ph00ny (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 May 2011)
You make it sound as if Apple is the only reason samsung is where they are at now. What about apple? They probably wouldn't be where they are at now without samsung seeing how they bailed them out of few pinched launches where LG and Sharp failed to meet the yield required for a product launch
26. willard12 (Posts: 489; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
"Good artists copy, great artists steal." - Apple founder and CEO
7. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
3 better moves they should make:
1. Add SD card slot
2. Add removable battery
3. Give people options instead of telling people what they need then changing their minds and contradicting themselves a la screen size...
13. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1616; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
1.best move they good make for SOME people...others like the unibody design
2.I bet you don't say that about the HTC One!
3.LOL most people who buy apple products buy them because they like what apple has done and besides the closed system you say creates the best tech ecosystem anywhere eg. Someone can connect there iPhone to their iPad to their Macbook to their iMac to the Apple TV in an instant!
14. TylerGrunter (Posts: 757; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
1. Who said you can´t have SD card slopt & unibody design?
That´s valid for the removable battery, but NOT for the SD card slot.
The only reason iPones don´t have it is to segment the market and differenciate the "not price-concious" people, in oethe words: that is an excuse to be able to charge more to the people that don´t care much about money. It´s and old marketing strategy.
And yes, many people say the same about the HTC One, but at least they have the decency to start at 32 GB... not 16 like the iphone for the same price.
18. Airforce (Posts: 60; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)
well i think the NON-REMOVABLE BATTERY,ND NO SD CARD SLOT..is just an IDENTITY to the iphone that Apple wants to create..the only new thing that is really important now is SCREEN SIZE...am so tired of the Candy Bar phone....CANDY IS FOR KIDS NOT ADULTS
29. justsayit (Posts: 112; Member since: 09 May 2013)
not like that,
most people cannot buy a ios device is because it price very high
it should reduce its price
and new ios device like one low-end, one mid-ranger and the device must be zero-lag, compare to high-end ios device ,it just lose on lower screen resolution, camera, front camera enough!
9. ZeroCide (Posts: 661; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
not really it may cost theme more to run the foundery than to buy direct.
20. ph00ny (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Bingo. Foundry business requires ton of R&D to stay competitive not just in manufacturing capacity but in technology as well
8. Bootutu (Posts: 155; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Apple can never make good chips, they will try, be stubborn, loose out and make a 180 degree turn and go back to competition
15. Topcat488 (Posts: 974; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
If Apple intend on keeping up with the front runners, they MUST own their own product, not outsource it... That way you keep people from spying... And copying, good move Apple.
21. ph00ny (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 May 2011)
There is a good reason why key SoC companies do not manufacture their own products and apple may learn this the hard way if they're actually transitioning into manufacturing components
17. livyatan (Posts: 494; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
If Apple haven't yet ditched x86 for their Mac line, it doesn't mean semi accurate got it wrong.
Such move takes a lot of time and it would be pretty crazy to expect they start shipping ARM(Swift) Macs already