Apple iPhone 6 will be powered by Samsung rival A8 chips, says specs report

Despite recent rumours, Samsung will be involved in production of the next-generation A-series processor used in Apple's next iPhone, according to a new report from South Korea.

ZDNet Korea, citing an unnamed Samsung official, reported that the companies have signed a manufacturing agreement for Samsung to mass-produce the A8 chips at its factory in Austin, Texas where it currently makes the 64-bit A7 chips for the iPhone 5s and iPad Air .

Shipments of the new A8 chip will reportedly begin this Autumn, around the same time Apple is expected to unveil the next-gen iPhone.

The report follows rumours that Apple had dropped Samsung as a manufacturer, in part because the two firms are major rivals - in the gadget space and in the courtroom. Last month, TechNews Taiwan reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) would take over most of the A8 orders, though rumours of that nature date back to at least 2011.

While Apple might want to ditch Samsung for competitive reasons, it's tricky because Samsung is such a powerhouse in the space and has the means to produce the components Apple needs for its gadgets.

Meanwhile, if you want a sneak peek at Apple's next-gen iPhone you'll have to wait a while, but to tide you over, designer Sam Beckett has released an impressively realistic concept video showing what he calls the "iPhone Air." The video is, of course, just one person's idea of what the phone may look like, but it draws on a number of possibly legitimate rumours that have been making the rounds.