Samsung Said to Have Won Majority of A9 Chip Orders
Rumours about who will grab the (most) Ax chip orders from Apple have gained traction ever since TSMC came into the picture. Now, four months after the initial release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, contradictory rumours have begun to appear about who is going to win these orders. The latest says: Samsung.
According to the South Korean newspaper, Maeil Business (via Reuters), Samsung has won the majority of A9 chip orders, which means it will supply about 75% of all chips powering the next generation iPhones, and that the processors will be manufactured at the company’s US factory, based in Austin, Texas.
UBS analyst, Eric Chen, suggested that Samsung will remain Apple’s chip supplier, but put its share of the A9 chip pie at 50%. This means a 50% loss of production for TSMC – who supplied Apple with 100% of A8 and A8X chips that power the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad Air 2.
Meanwhile, Samsung seems to be the lucky winner of S1 chip orders as well. The chips will power the Apple Watch, expected to launch in March. Furthermore, Apple is gearing up for the launch of 12-inch MacBook Air, which will reportedly be powered by Intel’s new Broadwell Core M processors.