While there's still no official confirmation, Samsung is once again reported to be producing the A9 processor for the next iteration of the iPhone.
Samsung Electronics Co. will manufacture the main chip in Apple Inc.'s next iPhone model, regaining a customer previously lost to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., people with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Samsung will start making Apple A9 processor chips at its Giheung plant in South Korea, the people said, asking not to be identified because the contract hasn't been discussed publicly. Additional orders will go to Samsung's partner Globalfoundries Inc., according to another person familiar with the arrangement.
This would mark a switch back to Samsung from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), which was tapped to produce the A8 Processor that currently powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The choice of Samsung as the manufacturer of the A9 chip would presumably be to take advantage of the company's 14nm manufacturing process, which would make for a cooler, less power-hungry chip.
Today's report is just the latest in a line of several others that have pegged Samsung as the manufacturer for the A9 chip. While it's still no confirmation, it's looking to be extremely likely that whatever Apple unveils this fall will be sporting a Samsung-manufactured chip.