Industry exec: Next iPhone to feature A4-based chipsets

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Samsung is reported to be singing the blues as it scrambles to recover from the partial loss of one of its largest customers. According to the Korea Times, which cites an anonymous industry executive, Apple will indeed discontinue its tradition of using Samsung-designed processors with its next iPhone. In its place, the phone will run a modified version of Apple’s A4 processor which just so happens to be proficient in handling 720p playback. It’s not a complete loss for Samsung considering it’s expected the electronics giant will be entrusted with manufacturing the chip, but no doubt Apple’s decision to keep mobile processor design in-house will effect Samsung’s bottom line. At this point it’s hard to say how much the iPad and iPhone chips will will differ from one another — size and battery life being the two key obstacles — but it seems safe to say Apple won’t sit idly by while everyone else brags about their smartphones having processors that clock in around the 1GHz mark.

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