Apple still depends on Samsung for the A7 chip production

Apple may not like it but manufacturing partners like Samsung are hard to find. iFixit and Chipworks both teamed up to tear down the iPhone 5s and found that the device’s A7 processor was indeed manufactured by Apple’s longtime partner and more recent arch-nemesis Samsung. Chipworks says that it found design and manufacturing processes on the A7 that are unique to Samsung chips such as the Samsung Exynos Application processor found in the Galaxy S4. In addition to confirmation of Samsung manufacturing the A7 chip, we’ve also been hearing reports that Samsung will supply Apple with components for its second-generation iPad mini so it seems the companies still have a good working relationship with one another despite being at each others’ throats in both the marketplace and the courtroom.

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