It is no secret that Apple and Samsung are fierce rivals – in fact with both of them suing each other, it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to think that they both don’t really like each other that much. However Apple has relied on Samsung in the past to manufacture components for their products, like the processor used in the iPads and iPhones, but it seems that Apple is indeed looking to remove Samsung from the equation as much as possible. In a report from KoreaTimes, it was reported that according to a senior Samsung official, Apple has not involved Samsung in the process to develop the A6 chip used in the iPhone 5, instead relegating Samsung to merely manufacturing them.
According to the Samsung source, “There are three types of chip clients […] Some want us to handle everything from chip design, architecture and manufacturing. Some want us to just design and manufacture. Some wants us to just make the chips. Apple is now the third type.” Apple has relied on Samsung in the past when designing their earlier processors, but the A6 chip marks the first time that Apple has designed their own ARMv7 core. In fact this report seems to corroborate a report from last week that suggested that Apple will be turning to TSMC for the manufacturing of its quad-core A7 chip that could be used to power 2013’s iOS devices.
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