Apple and Samsung have had a love-hate relationship for a long time. But that hasn’t prevented Apple from reverting to Samsung for providing its next generation iPhone chips.
Two years from now, Samsung will provide Apple with 14 nanometer A9 chips which will power its iPhone 7. Meanwhile, Apple had a three year deal with TSMC regarding these A Series chips. According to MacRumors, up until now Samsung had been the exclusive maker of the chips which included the A6 chip. However, the main thrust of efforts by Apple had been in the direction of reducing dependence upon its main competitor. Apple even made overtures to TSMC for smart phone chips. It was ready to make an investment of one billion dollars which was rejected later on. Even the chip manufacturer Globalfoundries had been contacted by Apple in its quest for the required materials.
Therefore, despite the tenuous relationship between Apple and Samsung, it is going to return to it in the end. And while Samsung will be supplying the A9 chips, TSMC will be manufacturing the A7 and A8 chips for Apple. Besides this, Apple is to make fab production an in-house enterprise. But this will take some time. The main reason behind the signing of deals with these companies is a more variegated supply chain for Apple. It has similar designs with regard to Foxconn and Pegatron. Currently though both Apple and Samsung have a patent dispute going on. Where this may lead is anyone’s lucky guess.