Samsung Inked Deal to Produce A9 chips for iPhone 7?

Everyone knows that Samsung makes the A-series chips for all Apple portables including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV. Since, both Apple and Samsung are sworn enemies now, the Wall Street Journal recently ran a report claiming that Apple has finally inked a deal with TSMC (Taiwan SemiConductor Manufacturing Co.) to produce chips for iDevices and it was considered as the final nail in the coffin of Apple-Samsung relationship. But, Korean Times reports otherwise…
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According to The Korean Times, Samsung will resume making chips for Apple in 2015 starting with the A9 chips for iPhone 7. “Samsung Electronics developed state-of-the-art 14 nano models ahead of its rival TSMC, regaining the order from Apple”, Korean Times reports.

The report further notes that Samsung signed a deal with Apple on July 14th. iPhone 7 that will be “released in the second half of 2015?, will be powered by the Samsung’s 14-nanometer FinFET technology.

We don’t know if the report is correct, but if true, that’s an interesting turn of the events. The Wall Street Journal earlier in the month reported about Apple switching to TSMC from Samsung for the chips. Considering both reports, it seems like Apple will be sourcing chips from both Samsung and TSMC simultaneously. Hence, diversifying its suppliers in order to lower the risk.

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