We all know the story by now. Samsung makes the A-series chips that power all of Apple’s portable devices. Every iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV ever sold, they all have processors inside that were manufactured at a Samsung facility. Since Apple and Samsung are sworn enemies, Apple decided to get someone to make their chips, TSMC. TSMC makes chips for everyone, including Qualcomm and NVIDIA.
But get this. According to a report in The Korea Economic Daily, Samsung will resume making chips for Apple in 2015 starting with the A9. Why the change of heart? Apparently Samsung’s factories will be more advanced than TSMC’s factories in a few short years. Samsung plans on having 14 nanometer manufacturing capabilities, while TSMC will likely still be stuck on 16 nanometer.
Is this story real? I don’t know what to think anymore. Apple switching to TSMC in 2014 was reported by The Wall Street Journal, so it isn’t BS. What’s likely happening here is that Apple will be sourcing chips from both TSMC and Samsung simultaneously.