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Samsung is reportedly intensifying its investments into chip production, with an eye on once again manufacturing A-series processors for Apple starting in 2018.
The company will make “supplemental investments” into its 10-nanometer production lines in April, and build out 7-nanometer facilities in 2018, said South Korea’s ET News.
The 7- nanometer lines are allegedly meant to get a headstart on Apple’s current A-series supplier, TSMC.TSMC has largely controlled A-series manufacturing since the iPhone 6, though some production for the iPhone 6s was split with Samsung.
This year’s “iPhone 8” is expected to use a 10-nanometer “A11” chip , once again made exclusively by TSMC.Apple is likely to be hesitant to turn to Samsung again unless it needs sheer scale to meet demand.
That device may also offer upgrades like wireless charging and 3D facial recognition , potentially costing over $1,000 —indeed, one rumor has referred to it as the “iPhone Edition,” drawing parallels with the Apple Watch Edition, which is aimed at Apple’s richest shoppers.
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as declared in For Apple, the 3D Touch functionality it launched with the iPhone 6s can be seen as a precursor to the button-less iPhone 8 it’ll unveil later this year.
The report notes the Galaxy S8 will incorporate 3D Touch functionality only for the virtual home button on the phone.
In other words, Samsung Display is making a new kind of 3D Touch screen for the next-generation iPhone, based on OLED technology, that will incorporate the 3D Touch functionality introduced on Apple’s earlier LCD displays.
Samsung is also a supplier of critical iPhone components, which means it knows ahead of time what Apple is working on.
Apple will need 3D Touch to be available anywhere on the screen in the iPhone 8, as is the case with its predecessors.
Samsung planning to win back iPhone & iPad chip orders, but faces uphill task
as declared in First, the last time Apple bought A-series chips from Samsung was for the iPhone 6s, when it split orders between TSMC and Samsung.
TSMC won all of Apple’s business for the A-series chips used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, and is reported to be the exclusive supplier for the 10nm A11 chip destined for the iPhone 8.
That didn’t seem to work too well, when iPhones with the Samsung chip were shown to run hotter and offer poorer battery life than the same models fitted with TSMC chips.
But it seems Samsung hasn’t yet given up hope of winning future business from Apple.
Third, while Samsung is working on 10nm and 7nm processes, TSMC is already planning a new plant to create 5mn and 3nm chips.