Samsung reported to still be the manufacturer of next-gen Apple's A9 processor

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.

Said Re/code:

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.

Source: Re/code

Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.