Report: Samsung to be responsible for 75% of A9 production for the Apple iPhone 6s

Report: Samsung to be responsible for 75% of A9 production for the Apple iPhone 6s
Just a few days ago, we passed along the latest buzz about Apple A9 production. According to three analysts from UBS, TSMC would be providing 50% of the A9 and A9X chips for the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. Just a few days before that, another report had Samsung and Globalfoundries producing 70% of the A9 chips with TSMC manufacturing just 30% of them. In December, TSMC was considered the frontrunner to receive the bulk of the A9 business from Apple.

On Monday (Seoul time, it is still Sunday evening in the states) Maeil Business Newspaper reported that Samsung will be producing 75% of the Apple A9 chips expected to be used in the next iteration of the iPhone. Samsung will produce the chips using its factory in Austin, Texas according to anonymous sources in the semiconductor industry.

The newspaper report did not say how much the contract with Apple would be worth to Samsung, nor did it publish the names of the other companies supplying the remaining 25% of the chips. TSMC is obviously one name that we expect to be involved with production of the A9. The company has produced 100% of the A8 and A8X chips used by Apple for the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple iPad Air 2.

source: MaeilBusinessNewspaper via Reuters

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40 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Between the new A9 an Exynos, Samsung is going to be burning the midnight oil some this year. I wonder if they fall back an use a Qualcomm 810v2?

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Looks like they will need Qualcomm to cover the rest of their production after all.

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't want them to use Qualcomm. S6 should be different from other flagships. All others are using 810 already. We need competition and not Qualcomm monopoly.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Personally i prefer Exynos over Qualcomm after using Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for 2 months. Their audio output is better than my Note 3. Performance wise for every day use is the same.

23. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Does it matter? I will fail, just like the S5, or even worse.

27. TyrionLannister unregistered

If S5 failed, then the G3, M8 and Z2/Z3 didn't even sell. S5 still sold more than 30 million. I agree that S5 was not a very great phone but at least it wasn't a flop. It just couldn't fill the shoes of S4.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes! you fail to kept your gap shut, BobbyBuster. Besides, we have something in common. Both of us are Samsung phone user. Yours Samsung phone has an Apple Logo.

37. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

He just needs a OEM Samsung-Inside stamp on back of his iPhone.

28. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I prefer exynos cause of the Wolfson DAC audio chip

3. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Apple doesn't need any products from copying company, so get lost SamS***! Galaxy A Series is a total copy of iPhone 5/5S, and so is Galaxy Alpha!

6. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Yeah, because apple can produce thier own chips right.!? Lolz troll..!

12. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Apple is at total loser. Apple can't be on its own. We Samsung is your master!

15. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Samsung employee detected :P

16. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Samsung semiconductor simply cannot afford to lose such a big customer like Apple, thus struggling this hard. Apple on the other hand, has other options, from TSMC, GF, and even Intel.

26. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Oh yeah? If Apple really trust those companies, it would go to them, why Samsung instead despite both have been in controversial patent? It clearly shows that Apple needs Samsung.

30. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Samsung Semiconductor had INCREASED sales and profits last year, thanks. So no, Samsung doesn't NEED Apple the way Apple need Samsung. Apple have always used Samsung processors, from 4, 4S, 5 and 5s all used Samsung built processors. Not to mention battery, storage, memory and more. The reason Apple moved over to TSMC was ostensibly because TSMC was earlier with the 20nm finfet. But Samsung were actually concentrating on 14nm finfet and got that to market last year. So Apple were faced with a choice: stay with TSMC and 20nm finfet for the A9, and risk being kicked to the curb in benchmarks, or move to Samsung and the 14nm finfet to keep relevant. Relevant being a relative term insofar as Apple phones.

32. TyrionLannister unregistered

20 nm is not FinFet. It's HKMG. The rest of the comment I agree.

17. Nathillien unregistered

One word for you: Phablet. checkmate

5. NihonDaisuki unregistered

Samsung does accumulate quality is too severe. Samsung is not without that believed the people under which produced.

7. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Well at least part of the iPhone will be made in the USA, by Samsung's factory in Texas.

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

And then people get surprised when samsung semiconductors surpasses samsung's mobile division.

11. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Samsung is the most admired company in the world. Samsung is the mother of Apple. Without Samsung, Apple would die.

20. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Yeah, Samsung is an award winning company: #1 at pinocchiohttp://www.prix-pinocchio.org/en/ #3 at "worst company"http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2012/01/30/worst-company-in-the-world-award-goes-to/ I'm sure there are more....

25. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Nice trolling, haha. Apple has the worst hated employees as such a suicide, low wage, and overrun-working condition at foxconn factory. http://www.zdnet.co.kr/news/news_view.asp?artice_id=20130520060158

33. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I'm sure there are more, belonging to Apple, the US subsidiary of Foxconn. It was ironic that Forbes, which NEVER has a good word for Samsung, and literally licks Apple's crack at every opportunity, should ignore the MASSIVE problems at Foxconn's factories which make just about everything Apple. Samsung makes most of its stuff outside China. Apple makes NOTHING as Apple is not a manufacturer, but we all know the conditions at Foxconn factories. Samsung spends billions making factories in South Korea. The latest being the Pyeongtaek factory in South Korea at a cost of 15 billion dollars. The A9 chips being produced for Apple are built by Samsung in Austin Texas. The point being that Samsung make the vast majority of their products outside China in modern, state of the art factories employing people at a decent wage. The same cannot be said of Apple.

38. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Great food for thought, thanks for posting that. I'd be embarrassed to pack a iPhone after learning that, but that's just me I guess. +100

21. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

And take a look at how the employees feel: "worst company ever" http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-Samsung-Electronics-America-RVW2422309.htm

35. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

You are either crazy or an Apple shill, which amounts to the same thing.

31. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Oh really? If that's the case, then why do people opt for different brands instead of using Samsung made devices? Keep your nationalist pride to your self, SuperNova.

36. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

People has got their own choice regardlessly it's cheap or expensive, reliable or flaw. I wasn't saying that Samsung is the only brand that clients buy its product, I just tearfully praise Samsung for what it did for us. And I was so frustrated that Apple fanboys were trying to provoke Samsung unreasonably, I coudln't stand it, you know. That hurts my feeling so much, the brand I love, the brand I trust. I won't let trolls look down on Samsung anymore.

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