iPhone 7 will include A9 chip from Samsung, claim reports

Apple is going to use Samsung to supply the processor chips for use in the iPhone 7

Conflicting reports are claiming that Apple is going to use Samsung to supply the processor chips for use in the iPhone 7, while others are claiming that Apple will be bringing its processor chip manufacturing in-house.

Apple has, apparently, signed a deal with Samsung for the latter company to produce so-called A9 chips based on a 14-nanometer process. These chips are not likely to appear in a phone until the second half of 2015, according to Korea Economic Daily sources.

A report from SemiAccurate claims that Apple has bought into a chip fab plant. The tags on that article (which is behind a paywall) appear to suggest that Taiwan-based chipmaker United Microelectronics Corporation is the company Apple has teamed up with, notes 9to5Mac.

Cnet notes that the SemiAccurate report indicates that Apple may purchase a purchase a portion of Globalfoundries Fab in New York.

According to Cnet, Globalfoundries is in the running because it provides a US-based alternative via its New York state foundry.

Earlier reports claimed TSMC will be providing the next generation of A8 chips for the iPhone 6, and reports had suggested that contract would last three years.

A trial run of manufacturing the 20-nanometer A8 chip destined for an upcoming iPhone could begin as soon as July, we wrote in June.

According to a Digitimes report that cites anonymous industry sources, TSMC and Global UniChip will supply Apple with A-series chips built on 20-nanometer, 16-nanometer and 10-nanotmeter process nodes over the next three years, starting with a 20-nanometer A8 chip that will begin limited trial runs next month. Production of the A8 chip is expected to ramp up in December, with a new iPhone featuring the A8 chip launching early 2014.

By the end of the third-quarter of 2014, TSMC will begin mass production of Apple's A9 and A9X processors, which will be used in new iPhone and iPad models respectively, those sources said.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Karen Haslam

Macworld U.K.
Topics: Apple, consumer electronics, iPhone, hardware systems, smartphones, tablets, intel, iPad
Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Compare & Save

Deals powered by WhistleOut
Use WhistleOut's technology to compare:
Mobile phone plans & deals
Mobile phone models
Mobile phone carriers
Broadband plans & deals
Broadband providers
Deals powered by WhistleOut
WhistleOut

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?