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Initial batch of Apple iPhone 6S series to be powered by Samsung-made chipset [Report]
Apple seems to be using Samsung-made A9 chipsets for its upcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus phones. According to a new report, both Samsung and TSMC have started manufacturing the Apple A9 chipset Apple iPhone 6S series.
Apple has asked its chipset-production partners to bring about some changes in the production tech. However, these implementation of these production changes are unlikely to affect the launch schedule or the first stock of the forthcoming iPhone 6S series phones.
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According to the Digitimes report, Samsung leverages the advantage of the 14nm chipset technology, the company has already started working on the large production of chipset for Apple. TSMC, on the other hand, is not that equipped for the mass-manufacturing of chipsets based on its new 16nm architecture, and hence, will not go ahead with the mass production until the fourth quarter of the year. This would essentially mean that the first set of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will come with Samsung-made chipsets.
Rumors have it that Samsung will produce the major portion of the required units of Apple A9 chips, while TSMC is expected to manufacture about 30% of the Apple A9 orders. TSMC had earlier produced the Apple A8 chips that power the current generation iPhone model, i.e the Apple iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Reportedly, TSMC will also produce the Touch ID fingerprint readers and Cirrus Logic audio chips for upcoming iPhone 6S series, however on contractual basis.
It is expected that Apple will ship close to a substantial 80 million units of the new iPhones by this year-end. The Wall Street Journal, on the hand, provided higher estimates of shipments.
As for the specs of the forthcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, these will sport improved cameras, higher RAM, better NFC and flaunt pressure sensitive display. Apple is expected to launch the two new iPhones in September, this year.