Processors for the iPhone 7 expected to be made by… Umm… Samsung

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The next version of Apple’s iPhone – which we expect to be called either the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S – will apparently have its innards manufactured by arch-rivals Samsung.

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The news comes via MK Business News, which explains that the A9 processor will be made by the Korean firm instead of Taiwan’s TMSC, which makes the A8 processor which is found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Whilst it might sound odd, this isn’t massively unusual as Samsung has a big chip manufacturing business in addition to making a tonne of end-user products. Though curiously, as MK News notes, whilst Samsung is expected to make its own processor for the Galaxy S6, previous flagship Galaxys have used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.

Unfortunately we don’t yet have any details on what either processor will be like, spec-wise, but we anticipate it being a little bit faster than the existing ones.

James O’Malley