Samsung to supply A6 chip for iPhone 5

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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25 Comments

1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2048; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

15. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

3. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

19. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

9. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

25. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

14. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

4. ph00ny

Posts: 2048; Member since: May 26, 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

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jan 16, 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 :-)

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

10. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 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

11. tedkord

Posts: 17388; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

iPhone 4gs

12. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

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

17. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

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

18. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 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 ?

20. elite monkey

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

22. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

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

23. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

another rumor for a year?

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