The decision to keep Samsung’s A6 processor doesn’t really come as a surprise for us. Although Apple has been seeing Samsung more in court rather than on the market, the two tech giants are still doing business together.
Most people got caught up with all the iPad vs Galaxy Tab trials, bans and lawsuits but at the same time the same people forgot that Apple is a very important partner (a.k.a. buyer) for Samsung. We believe the trials are important as a kid poking another with a stick. Apple uses Samsung displays and now the Cupertino based manufacturer has decided to stick with the roadmap and put quad-core A6 processors inside the future iPad and iPhone.
This detail is very important since there have been reported rumors that the iPad 3 will use a Retina Display (similar one the one found on the iPhone 4 and 4S) with a resolution 4 times bigger than the actual panel. The same processor will go on the next generation iPhone and Apple doesn’t need to risk it all. After all the future iPhone is the last product Steve Jobs put his heart and soul into.
And if you want some official reports from Mr. Anonymous himself then MacRumors has the A6 processor quotes covered:
Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone. It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner,” an executive from an Apple parts supplier based in Korea said on condition of anonymity.
He said that Samsung has been increasing the output of the Apple-designed A6 chips in its manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas.
The manufacturing process at TSMC hasn’t been stabilized. Considering Apple’s previous patterns of adopting qualified technologies, Apple isn’t taking risks. Samsung offers better pricing and capacity commitment for the A6 mobile APs,” said an official from a different Apple supplier.