Apple to stick with Samsung for A8 chip

“Contrary to recent rumors, Samsung has won the contract to produce Apple’s next-generation A-series processor and will do so at the same Texas facility that churns out the 64-bit A7 at the heart of the iPhone 5s and iPad Air, according to a new report from South Korea,” Shane Cole reports for AppleInsider.

“An unnamed Samsung official told ZDNet Korea that a manufacturing agreement has already been signed and that engineers from both companies are working together to ramp up production,” Cole reports. “Shipments of the so-called ‘A8’ will reportedly begin this fall, around the same time that many expect Apple to unveil new models of its mobile devices.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Suggestion for a rhetorical question that Samsung’s legal team should slip into the next episode of the never ending series of Apple v. Samsung trials:

“If what we’re doing is so wrong, why does Apple keep doing business with us to the tune of tens of billions of dollars per year?”

We’d also have loved to hear a version of that question posed to Apple CEO Tim Cook during the AAPL shareholders’ meeting. Oh, well, maybe next year.

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52 Comments

  1. Samdung probably made them an “offer they couldn’t refuse”. My guess is that Apple is playing Samdung off against TMSC to get the better price. Also likely is that Samdung’s quality and quantity are proven and large.

    I just hope Apple is squeezing them for everything they’ve got…

    1. Can you imagine the ridicule that Google or Microsoft would receive here if they did something like this with Samsung? If Samsung were their evil enemy who had supposedly stolen or copied all their ideas! Good take MDN. Call a spade a spade.

  2. For Apple its all about quality. They know that with Samsung the Apple brand is protected. This holds true on silicon, displays, drives, memory etc…

    These 2 companies need one another to succeed in this space.

    1. No they don’t. For the same reason I don’t actually need to buy a Samdmung TV. There are others that can do the same quality. There is nothing special about Samdung.

      1. You are such an idiot. You are a failed Apple user if you do not recognize that serious Apple users always look for Samsung components in their Apple tech. MBA is a great example. Toshiba or Samsung = Samsung tops on all tests. Go back to your room and be quiet.

  3. Samsung’s chip making and phone businesses are separate entities. Apple can hurt the latter more in court than by punishing the former. If Samsung offers Apple the best deal on chips, it would be foolish not to take it.

  4. That’s the dumbest MDN take ever. Given a choice, don’t you think they would drop Samsung the first chance they get? None of us know how much Apple is paying for fabrication of these chips nor do we know if any other manufacturer can produce them in the quantities Apple needs reliable at a competitive price.

        1. solóme, listen to me. I want you to open a window. Then drink some water and eat something. Then be still and do slow, deep breathing for a few minutes.

  5. The problem is volume. TMSC most likely doesn’t have the volume yet and the cost may be higher as well.
    Apple need 50M+ units a quarter. Not trivial.

        1. Hardly relevant, is it.
          What has climate change got to do with the entity best placed to produce the maximum number of processor chips for the best price, at the best quality.
          Please go stick your head in the crapper and pull the chain.

          1. it was directly relevant to MDN’s take: “We’d also have loved to hear a version of that question posed to Apple CEO Tim Cook during the AAPL shareholders’ meeting. Oh, well, maybe next year.”

            Also, fuck you.

        2. Yes, spin is required, because you made a logical fallacy. Shareholders can surely ask “how their investments are being spent” at shareholder meetings. You’re implying Cook got mad they asked. He didn’t. He became upset when he disagreed with a shareholder proposal, which can be opposed. It’s a crazy free market idea called “corporate governance.”

            1. All you did was quote MDN’s take. That doesn’t get you anywhere. And it certainly doesn’t support your opening comment, that shareholders are not allowed to ask Tim Cook questions. MDN is hoping someone asks next year, not that Apple allows someone to ask next year.

              It’s okay if you don’t understand the mistake you made. You can keep on living your life. It’ll be ok.

            2. Time to work on your capitalization if you’re going to be a fascist about it.

              Plus, you should become more familiar with seminal memes.

  6. Ok, Apple designs their chips now. Apple buys more high end high quality chips than anyone I know of. So, Apple, take a few billion from this weeks profits and buy or build Apple’s very own solar powered green chip manufacturing facility. Build a few to spread out the risk in different places. It is time to get control of your manufacturing sources and stop feeding the enemy. Time to starve them!!!

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