Despite previous rumors which claimed that Samsung was in the dog house when it came to Apple’s upcoming A6 processor, it appears that the Korea-based technology company will be playing nice with the iPad-maker after all.
According to a recent report from Korea Times, Apple will continue to use Samsung’s chips in its next generation iPhone and has been in talks about building a next generation quad-core “A6” processor.
According to AppleInsider, Samsung was reported as saying that, even though the two mobile device giants are in a heated patent dispute, they remain “critical business partners.” This news comes as a bit of a shock considering the tech world has been reporting for months that Apple was going with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for production of the A6 processor. Only a few weeks ago, PadGadget reported that TSMC was sending a 60- member team to Cupertino to discuss the new chips after a foundry partnership agreement had been signed. The manufacturing plant had even begun its trial run of the new generation processor in August.
Apparently, Samsung is back on top and TSMC, while still partnering with Apple, will have a significantly smaller order volume. Hopefully, they didn’t already put a down payment on the new car.
Samsung is said to have been increasing output of the A6 chip at its plant in Austin, Texas. The CPU is expected to utilize Samsung’s 28-nanometer processing technology. So much for Apple trying to distance itself from its number one competitor.