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2015’s iPhone 6s will be a huge cash cow for Apple’s biggest rival

Published Feb 24th, 2015 11:29AM EST
iPhone 6s vs. LG G4 vs. Galaxy S6

Apple sold a tremendous number of iPhone 6 units in the holiday quarter, significantly outpacing rivals when it comes to smartphones sales and profits. A similar iPhone 6s success later this year would also benefit Samsung this time around, as the company will reportedly provide at least two major iPhone components to Apple.

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The South Korean giant will apparently not only be making the majority of A9 chips that will be used in this year’s iPhone 6s and iPad models, but also another significant component for Apple’s iOS devices, The Korea Herald  has learned. Furthermore, in addition to Apple, LG will also rely on Samsung for supplying the same component for the LG G4, a top Android flagship device supposed to debut in April.

The deals with Apple and LG concern DRAM memory chips for future flagship handsets and are estimated to be worth billions of dollars, though it’s not clear how much money Samsung is making, or for how long it’ll provide these parts to its fierce rivals.

“Under the agreement, Samsung will start providing LG Electronics with 100 percent mobile DRAM chips it needs for LG G4 smartphone, which will be unveiled in April. Also, Samsung will handle at least half of the amount that Apple needs for its new iPhone ― tentatively named iPhone 6S,” a person familiar with the matter told The Korea Times.

Samsung Electronics will also use in-house mobile DRAM for its Galaxy S6 models, the publication said.

Recently, Samsung revealed it has started mass-producing 8-Gigabit LPDDR4 RAM on its 20nm process, which is expected to equip various mobile devices this year. The new RAM offers twice the density and performance of the 4-Gigabit LPDDR3 RAM found in some of today’s flagships.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.