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Apple to Team Up with Samsung for iPhone 5 SoC?

Despite Apple being embroiled with Samsung Electronics in a deeply divisive legal battle over patents and designs, news has emerged from South Korea that both companies are going to put aside their differences and work on the next system on chip, that should power the iPhone 5 (or whatever it is called), the iPad 3, the iPod Touch 6G, the Apple TV v3 and potentially the next Macbook Air.

Kim Yoo-chul from Korean newspaper, the Korea Times (opens in new tab), quotes an executive from an Apple supplier (who wished to remain anonymous) who said that "Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone. It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner".

He says that that the next version of the chip will be a quad core model, possibly based on the Cortex A9 like the A5 and that the chip is already being produced in Austin, Texas.

There have been rumours and speculation that Apple might have been shifting chip manufacturing from Samsung to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) but it seems that something prevented Apple from changing to TSMC.

Apple is Samsung's biggest overseas client with purchases of more than $8 billion for LCD screens and NAND memory chips.

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Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.