It looks like Apple and Samsung are on course to be the most popular love-hate relationship in the tech world this year. Following a host of lawsuits and copyright infringement claims, the two electronics giants have now come together in a more collaborative manner. Apple has decided to elect Samsung to be its chief producer of processors for the 2015 iterations of the iPhone and iPad.
In a financially torrid 2014 for Samsung, the prospect of doing business with a direct rival for an entire year at least sounds more than just a tantalizing prospect. Samsung posted quarterly losses in its smartphone division throughout the year, so bad that they are forced to streamline the number of devices they have in their lineup for 2015. This partnership with Apple will definitely consolidate Samsung’s financial situation, providing them with a unique opportunity to benefit from their number one rival’s success.
And this Samsung-Apple partnership may not just be a short term deal. In fact, Apple has such faith in this deal that they reportedly expect Samsung to supply 80% of the processors required by Apple by 2016. So we could be looking at a deal that would last to 2016 and maybe even beyond that. Apple seems to have made U-turn on their decision to distance itself from Samsung as much as they can. For this year, 70% of Apple mobile processors were produced by TSMC, a Taiwan-based chip manufacturer. What spurred Apple to shunt TSMC down the pecking order in lieu of a bitter rival in Samsung is not known to the public as of yet.
To be fair Samsung and Apple have worked together previously just fine and for extended periods too, as in the previous A4, A5 and A6 processors. Discounting the recent feuds, it would have been less of a surprise to see them work together. But for 2015, we can once again see Samsung built A9 processors for the next iPhones and iPads.