This is not really that surprising but no doubt very amusing. Apple and Samsung have been at the opposite ends of legal issues over patent issues at various countries. With each organization trying to block sales of the products of others, the relationship between Apple and Samsung can be called strained to be least specific. Samsung is and has been supplying major hardware parts to Apple and it is also going to supply the Apple designed Quad Core A6 Processor chip to Apple for its future products.
Earlier there were reports that the Apple would go for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) instead of Samsung for manufacturing next-generation Apple A6 chips.
From Korea Times:
Industry sources say that Apple will continue to use Samsung’s chips and technology for its next smartphone, which may or may not be named the iPhone 5.
“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,’’ an executive from an Apple parts supplier based in Korea said on condition of anonymity.
Apple contrary to popular belief does not manufacture its own hardware. The designing and the testing part is of course done by the company but the manufacture is often contracted to other companies.
With reports coming that Nvidia would start pumping out Quad Core Processors for future Android devices that would be launched by the beginning of 2012 we guess this is the answer in preparation by Apple. Also as we know Apple’s obsession with perfection the A6 Chip is going to be much better than the Dual Core A5 Processors we have with iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
Apple and Samsung have been battling on many patent issues but they are also very important clients for each other. They are caught in a very strange type of situation where they both are in need of each other and are hurting each other too.
Samsung’s Chief Operating Officer and President Lee Jae-yong :
Apple is one of Samsung’s most important clients, and we have developed a solid partnership. But that’s a separate matter from the legal disputes between the two companies in areas where they compete.
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