Apple reportedly reduces Samsung’s role in A6 chip production, decreases dependency on its biggest rival

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Despite a bitter rivalry in the consumer space and ongoing legal battles, Samsung has been a key partner for Apple for manufacturing the internals in the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch — particularly the Ax “system on a chip” processors at the heart of these devices. According to The Korea Times, Apple will be scaling back that relationship going forward — an unnamed Samsung official said that “Samsung’s agreement with Apple is limited to manufacturing the A6 processors. Apple did all the design and we are just producing the chips on a foundry basis.” The same official noted that Samsung typically has three types of chip clients: some have Samsung handle all design, architecture, and manufaucturing; some have Samsung handle just design…

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