In a recent report surrounding Apple and Samsung, the speculations indicate towards a deal the two companies signed to manufacture A-series chips for the former’s iOS devices. The agreement will particularly cover A9 chips based on a 14-nanometer process node, opening in 2015.
However, the news follows Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) report, authenticating the deal it signed with the Cupertino Calif.-based firm to make A-series chips next year. This three-year deal is reported to cover Apple’s future A8, A9 and A9X chips.
Certain reports hint at Samsung being Apple’s primary supplier during the next year as TSMC has increased its production process.
Nevertheless, fact whether Apple’s A9 chips will be produced by TSMC or Samsung stays unclear. Considering the rivalry and competition, it looks like Apple after the release of Apple iPhone 6 doesn’t want to stay reliant on Samsung as its component supplier.
With partnerships with both TSMC as well as Samsung, it seems Apple just wants to take advantage of whichever firm offers the best in technology.
However, with this current report, it appears like Samsung is trying to move ahead of Apple by taking the lead of producing 14-nm chips.