Apple plans to either rope in its biggest rival Samsung or the biggest PC microprocessors manufacturer Intel for making its top-of-the-line A13 chip that will be used in the iPhone models in 2019.
This iPhone-maker is likely to be a 7-nanometer chipset design for iPhone and iPad processors in the year 2019.
The Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been the first choice for chip making since the past many years. However Samsung could achieve integration faster to win Apple’s business.
It is extremely vital to note that both Samsung and Apple have not worked together on a chip in the past three years.
Even if Samsung is selected, it can be joined by other suppliers for the production of the ‘A13’. Apple usually orders multiple suppliers to ensure that the iPhone models reach the market on as per the designed schedule. Samsung in the past has been an exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s A-series processors for iPhones and iPads.
Apple and TSMC
The reason Apple migrated to TSMC was the increase in competition and legal battles between the two tech titans.
Notably TSMC now enjoys a monopoly over supply which is the reason for Apple to bring Samsung back for the partnership. This enables Apple to force chip prices down as per an unknown Apple insider.
However, the South Korean tech giant already develops OLED panels for the iPhone X and is expected to do so for the models in the coming years as well.
Samsung vs TSMC
Although the display technology is common now, Samsung continues to hold the monopoly of having mastered the production.As for this year’s models, TSMC would continue to be the primary supplier for iPhone makers.
The A12 chip which is a 7nm-based chip has already entered mass production. It is expected to make its way inside three new iPhone models that are scheduled for released in the coming fall.