July 21, 2017: Samsung is set to manufacture chips for Apple’s new iPhones next year, which will be called A12 chip, it is reported.
Samsung recently bought a lightweight lithography machine which is an advanced chip manufacturing equipment. It is reported that the equipment was purchased to produce 7-nanometer mobile chipsets for iPhones.
Till 2013, Samsung was a major chip-manufacturer for Apple. However, later Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) became the sole producer of processors for Apple’s iPhones.
Both Samsung and TSMC both fabricated A9 chips for iPhone 6s. In some battery tests, TSMC chipsets performed better than Samsung chips, as a result, Apple chose TSMC over Samsung to manufacture A10 and A11 chipsets.
According to Korean Herald’s sources, Kwon Oh-hyun, one of Samsung’s three co-CEOs who oversees chip and other parts businesses, played a key role in clinching the deal during his visit to Apple’s headquarters last month.
Samsung, the world’s largest mobile OLED maker with a whopping 95% market share, is the sole OLED supplier for the upcoming iPhone.
Apple iPhones from next year will feature OLED displays which will be supplied by Samsung. Now it is said that Samsung will also manufacture Chipsets for Apple.
Samsung will first tests with the new chip-making machines before seeking final approval from Apple for the manufacturing of the processors.