Apple’s Caught In A Rut With A9 As TSMC And Samsung BOTH Will Get Orders For SoC


With things changing fast in the mobile SoC world, looks like Apple's going to have to enter into quite a dilemma when it comes to the processor on the upcoming iPhones, and potentially the company's future products as well, including upgardes to the current iPad as well as a oft-rumored about iPad Pro. With TSMC's decline, Samsung's rise and Global Foundaries' low costs, the battle for the A9 crown remains as strong as ever.


TSMC Bounces Back As Apple's Top A9 Manufacturer After Samsung Goes Out Of Favor

Looks like TSMC's still not out of the running for Apple's A9 orders this time around even thought the company has been behind both GlobalFoundries and Samsung when it come to the 14nm FinFet. And while we've already covered Samsung's increasing prevalence in mobile SoCs courtesy of the manufacturer's industry first 14nm Exynos 7420 debuted with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, looks like the Korean giant still has a couple of hurdles left before it manages to become the premium supplier for Apple chipsets.

And while Qualcomm itself is considering chip supplies from Samsung, it seems to be TSMC's day today, as Apple's still sourcing the majority of its orders to the Taiwanese chip giant. Sources from Taiwan, who're generally more closer to all things Apple now claim that despite the Cupertino manufacturer's earlier attention towards Samsung owning to the 14nm finFET, the company is now back in cohorts with TSMC. The reason behind these changes is being cited as Samsung's problems with yield on the process, which does not end up producing chips at a rate fast enough for Apple to be satisfied.

So TSMC's now managed to lure Apple back with a faster production rate, meaning that there won't be any unexpected delays on the manufacturer's 16nm finFET. So in all likelihood, the next iPhone will be coming with the 16nm finFET on board. But Samsung's not completely out of the equation either, as a fraction of Apple's orders are also expected to go to it. Where does this leave Apple's product and performance testing for the next iPhone and what parameters the company will have to choose to gauge performance on its devices isn't clear either. Its got to be a big headache for Apple anyways. Lets us know what you think in the comments section. We'll keep you updated.