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Samsung to supply A6 chip for iPhone 5
It seems that regardless of the contentious legal battles being waged between Apple and Samsung around the world, Apple still sees Samsung as a "critical business partner". A report from the Korean Times says that Samsung will indeed supply the quad-core A6 chip which is expected to power both the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5. The same report also says LG is still likely to be the supplier of the iPhone 5 display. 

Apple had been looking at TSMC as a possible supplier of the A6 chip, but that job looks to have fallen to Samsung. The report says that TSMC will still produce customized chips designed by Apple, but that it will be limited quantities. The A6 will instead be made by Samsung using its 28-nanometer processing technology. This information is from an anonymous Korean parts supplier for Apple, who said that Samsung has been ramping up production of the A6 chip in a plant in Austin, Texas. 

Neither Samsung nor Apple has officially commented, but it is interesting to note that Samsung Electronics Chief Executive Choi Gee-sung told reporters that the legal issues between the companies are being kept separate from the business relationship the companies share. 

source: Korean Times

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posted on 17 Oct 2011, 20:53 2

1. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Excited about my iphone 5. Glad to see apple and samsung playing nice hopefully this happens in the court too.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 21:13 2

5. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I highly doubt they're playing nice with each other at all

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 00:54 3

15. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Money- You can hate all you want, but money plays very nice

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 20:54 3

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


A Quad Core iPhone? There's hardly a difference in speed with a dual core and a 1ghz processor iphone 4. I'm not bashing apple or the iphone but unless IOS6 has major differences it really isn't necessary. I have also heard people say that the iPhone 4S's battery life is actually worse than the iPhone 4. So I hope they also increase the battery on it as well as the screen size.


Don't get me wrong, I'm really liking the iphone 4s but unless there are major changes, it's just complete overkill. Everything on the iphone 4 opens up right away, there's like only a 1-2 second difference in speed compared to the iphone 4 and 4s.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 20:59 1

3. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Its not neccasary whats so ever but they got to keep pace i guess. Plus they will have 4G to boot. Along with a complete redesign its going to wreck in sales for sure.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 21:22

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't wanna break your bubble, but unless we see some major changes on chips and battery we might not see an iPhone that looks better that the one you see now, LTE will drain battery and may not become small and more efficient that easy and I think all iPhone from now on will use the CDMA/GSM combo witch is great for some things(love that) but occupies space that could be used on other. Chips

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 21:44 1

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The iphone will need to have a fully customizable homescreen, no more just apps. It will need live wallpapers, widgets, and full adobe flash player. Yes you can say it sounds a lot like Android. lol no that's not what I'm trying to get at though it sure looks like it. No if they want a quad core iphone and ipad, it needs to be basically a freaking imac book pro. It'll be complete, utter overkill when the dual core processor is already overkill.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 06:02 1

19. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


rory, i disagree.

apple has streamlined iOS for a reason. some call it a "glorified app launcher", but that is why it is fast and efficient.

widgets, live wall paper and flash would just clutter it up. you will never see flash on iOS (thank goodness). you will never see live wallpapers (i will never understand them, apple wont either). you will never see full widgets, but i would like to see some ability to display more info via app icon. there was a weather app that would use the notification bubble to display temp, maybe changing image or a notification bubble on each corner would help, but expect it to be limited. they dont want things running constantly, its a difference in mindset than android and it works well for them.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 21:44 1

9. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


There is always going to be new chips. Once they get better apple will surely use them . It was reported steve jobs didnt do much for the 4S but instead focused on the 5 because his time was limited. So it will be very different i expect.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:30

24. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Will have to wait and see, but unless we see mayor changes in some chips by half 2012 (possible) we wont see an iPhone with a complete redesign and a better battery life on LTE

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 18:38

25. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I read the next generation battery technology or the evolution in battery technology is already available but will cost something like 25% more than the current technology.

I think Apple is waiting for the price of the technology to drop to a kevel where it can be commercialized.

Lastly, it is rumored the late Steve Jobs worked on the IPhone 5 before he passed away. The current rumor for the IPhone 5 will be thinner with a bigger screen. Hopefully, with the extra room, it can support a battery for 4G.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 23:17 1

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4199; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I think they might want a quad-core because of gaming. With a quad-core, they can have games with the quality of the Playstation Vita. They are really going to push the graphical performance because mobile gaming is getting huge. We all know iOS doesn't need a quad-core. A quad-core for just iOS would be overkill.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 23:26

14. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Even for gaming on my ip4 every game i run is flawless. I Play some of games that are mid pack strain wise. However in the keynote infinity blade played quite well on the 4s. What more do you need then that.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 21:08 2

4. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I've said this before but i will say it again

Apple needs samsung more than samsung needs apple.

Samsung's ability to provide the quantity apple needs to second to none outside of Intel. Also isn't nvidia using tsmc and their production of next gen chips both mobile and gpu market have experienced delays due to yield issues?

By using Samsung, it's more of a win-win for apple since it also impacts samsung with the production of their own exynos chips

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 02:43 2

16. cheetah2k (Posts: 843; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Yes and No.

Apple definitely needs Samsung, primarily because not only does Samsung produce great products, they produce almost all of the components necessary to assemble them. Apple on the other hand, relies on others technologies to produce their offerings...

I doubt this really is a win-win for apple in order to impact Samsungs own mobile phone assemblies. I guarantee it that Samsung will defend its own business needs WAY before it services those of Apple - and to be honest we've seen this behaviour before when it came to AMOLED and SAMOLED screen supplies - Samsung first, and always first :-)

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 21:17

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Why we are so sure it's going to be an iPhone 5? It. Could be an iPhone 6

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:01

10. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Eaxctly. The iPhone 5 is the 4S, I dunno why people are still expecting a "5" to come out.

I predict the next iPhone will be called the iPhone LTE

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:08

11. tedkord (Posts: 4955; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


iPhone 4gs

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:49

12. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


This ofcourse the exynos replacement or upgrade will be 28nm too

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 04:25

17. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


If i was sammy i wouldn't makr sh@t for them

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 04:47 1

18. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


"Samsung Electronics Chief Executive Choi Gee-sung told reporters that the legal issues between the companies are being kept separate from the business relationship the companies share."

Of course. They compete for money, for value, for margins, for market shares, for whatever you want, but not for honnor, so they won't preventing Apple from purchasing their products. Why would Samsung cut his own business with such a childish behaviour ?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 06:10

20. elite monkey (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


is it just me or is that A6 chip giving you deja vu?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 06:46 3

21. remixfa (Posts: 13938; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i just want to point out a point from a previous article.

Look taco,
Samsung has chip plants in america. That probably seals the deal on who hires more americans.. apple or samsung.. that would be the korean firm, not the american one.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:54

22. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I think they should stop making iPhone speculations for a while and let existing 4s users enjoy their devices.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:05 1

23. hunted (Posts: 336; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


another rumor for a year?

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