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For South Korean giant Samsung, Apple is not only a viable competition, but also a billion dollar client. But earlier in the year, desperate Cupertino-based tech giant inked a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co to make chips used in iDevices. So, Samsung is no more making chips for Apple.
However, Sammy will remain primary supplier throughout next year (Via Wall Street Journal). In the last few months both companies tried to sue each other.
Apple started to cut ties with Samsung electronics and gave contracts to other vendors. Samsung, an expert in display technology, is not supplying panels for iPhone 5S and iPads. Instead, AUO, LG and Sharp, are reportedly making panels used in various iDevices. Now a sensational report has hit the web.
According to The Korean Times, Samsung has once again gained Tim Cook confidence. The makers behind Galaxy S4 will supply A9 chips to Apple in 2015. This also means that Apple will be seen using these chips to manufacture iPhone 6S.
The A9 chip will be made develop by using 14nm process. The report reads "Samsung Electronics developed state-of-the-art 14 nano models ahead of its rival TSMC, regaining the order from Apple". The deal with Samsung was signed recently. The current generation iPhone 5 uses A6 chipset.
In late December, 2012, a report was published in which "Apple making a secret chip factory" made headlines. At that time, Apple's relationship with Samsung was not good. Since then, no one ever talked about Apple's secret chip factory. Now, since Apple has once again approached Samsung to make chips; it is to be seen whether Apple is seriously considering Samsung to be its long time partner. In the coming days, Tim Cook is coming with tons of devices including a successor to iPhone 5, next-generation iPad Mini, iPad 5, iWatch and lastly iTV. There are talks going on in regards to low cost iPad Mini.
Reportedly, Apple iPad Mini 2 may not arrive on time. Slated to be launched in September along with iPhone 5S, due to production delay. The next-gen iPad Mini will use Retina Display. According to DigiTimes, Apple is done away with bezels, so expect bezel-free iPad Mini 2.
While rumors also say that iPod maker could be prepping an updated version of original iPad Mini, which is said to be lighter and thinner with slightly improved in terms of specifications. Talking about iPad 5, it seems Apple wants to launch the device on time. The tablet will use thin-film touch screen technology, ultimately the tablet light and zippy.
Moreover, Apple could be seen making a bigger sized iPhone or iPhablet in the coming months. So it does makes sense to rekindle relationship with Samsung all over again. Stay tuned to GizBot.