Despite Apple’s not so secret desire to move all of its chip production away from Samsung, Bloomberg is reporting that Apple’s A9 processor, likely to be introduced alongside the iPhone 6s, will be manufactured by, you guessed it, Samsung.
Winning this order from Apple will help the world’s second-largest chipmaker rebound against TSMC, which last year ended Samsung’s monopoly over contracts to make iPhone and iPad chips. Both manufacturers have boosted capital expenditures to gain business from Apple and Qualcomm Inc. in the more than $300 billion semiconductor industry.
Indeed, even in the face of Apple’s widely publicized squabbles with Samsung, Apple last year wasn’t able to completely break free from Samsung, even when the bulk of its A8 production was handled by TSMC. Recall that some reports had Samsung still accounting for about 40% of Apple’s total A8 production.