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Apple iPhone in 2018 might feature 7nm processor manufactured by Samsung: Report

Apple and Samsung to resume semiconductors import-export relationship after 5 years.

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Samsung will reportedly resume production of semiconductor chips for Apple after a gap of 5 years. Both companies ended their deal after Apple gave Samsung’s primary rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) exclusive rights for the production chips to be used in iPhones. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box? 

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According to The Investor, Samsung will produce chips for Apple’s upcoming iPhones in the year 2018. Samsung was the primary producer for chips used in iPhone till 2011. However, Apple withdrew the production rights from Samsung in the year 2013 and gave it to TSMC. The two leading companies also got involved in a legal spat after Apple sued Samsung over patent infringement. Subsequently, Apple decided against sourcing chips from Samsung. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung 

Kwon Oh-hyun, one of Samsung s three top executives who leads chips department at the firm reportedly visited the Apple headquarters in California in June. As per the report quoting unnamed sources, this is the time when speculations began regarding the possible revival of the chips import-export between the two firms. Meanwhile, TMSC will also continue to manufacture chips for iPhones to be announced next year. On the other hand, Samsung will share orders for 2018 iPhone’s chip manufacturing with due to TMSC’s alleged “monopoly”. ALSO READ: Samsung will recover 157 tons rare metals and reuse components from the flamed Galaxy Note 7

Each year, ever since Apple began producing iPhones, fans look forward to a bunch of new offerings. The upcoming iPhones will be no exception to the hype and anticipation. If reports are to go by, the iPhones in 2018 can be powered by processors built on the 7-nm architecture. Earlier this year, Samsung had announced that it is considering to own specialized machines which would reportedly enable the firm to build 7-nm processors for the iPhone and regain production rights from Apple.

As per sources quoted by Herald, Apple found itself drawn towards Samsung’s OLED panels and now the purported 7-nm semiconductors. Previously also, Samsung has been reported manufacturing OLED panels for the upcoming iPhones this year, while rival LG has alleged plans to do the same as well. Going by the analytics, Samsung dominates OLED manufacturing with 95 percent of market share to its. The world OLED manufacturing leader could potentially be primary or the lone OLED supplier for Apple iPhone.

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  • Published Date: July 19, 2017 11:25 AM IST
  • Updated Date: July 19, 2017 11:53 AM IST


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