The Apple and Samsung’s connection is apparently not so strained as to prevent the South Korean electronics from supplying the chips that will reportedly power next-Gen iPhones. Samsung will supply Apple with A9 chips according to a 14-nanometer process node starting in 2015.
The chip would go into production in 2015 and power an iPhone theoretically dubbed their “iPhone 7” that could be introduced in the latter half of 2015, as per the report. The report comes just a couple of weeks after another news agency reported that Apple and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company had reached a 3-year purchase for development of Apple’s A series chips, extending all the way to silicon called the A9.
Apple is also apparently exploring a possible agreement along with chipmaker Globalfoundries to produce future chips, giving the company the kind of control over both design and chip production that Intel has. However, a semiconductor industry source told CNET that Apple and Globalfoundries were “kicking the tires,” but that “by no means” is any firm agreement imminent at this stage.