Once more, this time with feeling.
Just like we said in December when Samsung started building the 14-nanometer A9 processor for Apple, and in July 2013 when Samsung was first tapped to make the chip, Samsung is yet again being confirmed as Apple's partner for the next-generation A-series chip.
While Apple had hoped to rely more heavily on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to fabricate the Ax family of processors used in its iOS devices, the company has turned to Samsung for its next-generation A9 chip, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
TSMC, which had been contracted for making the A8 processor that powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the latest-generation iPads, has fallen out of favor thanks to their inability to manufacture chips with anything smaller than the 20nm process they currently use. Samsung's 14nm process runs cooler, uses less power, and has a smaller footprint.
The news comes alongside reports that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship will use their own Exynos processors over Qualcomm chips — which are manufactured by TSMC.