iOS 7 reveals iPhone 5S’ A7 Chip will include Samsung components

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Developer, Nick Frey (via 9to5Mac) has discovered code references in the latest iOS 7 beta, which suggests that Apple is developing the next generation A-series chip, most likely to be called A7, that could be used in iPhone 5S.

Frey has discovered a reference to an S5L8960x application processor, which appears to be a new version of the A-series chip. The A6 chip which powers the iPhone 5 is codenamed s5l8950x and the A6X chip which powers the iPad 4 is codenamed S5l8955x.

9to5Mac reports that Apple’s new system-on-chip will include some Samsung components:

Interestingly, it appears that Apple will again work with Samsung for this new chip. The main system-on-a-chip will include some Samsung components- at least to power the display, according to analysis of the above code by a person familiar with Apple’s chip design process. This contrasts with a rumor from earlier this year (like every year) claiming that Apple will switch to TSMC on the A7 processor.

This source also says that over the past couple of years, Apple has hit roadblocks (in relation to processing speed) with both the upcoming A7 and A8 chip, but it appears those that issues have been resolved.

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Back in June, leaked photos of iPhone 5S revealed the new iPhone chip has a K1A0062 identifier, which indicated the chip may be made by TSMC instead of Samsung, as chips manufactured by Samsung typically start with an “N”.

There have been rumors and speculations that Apple is working on reducing its reliance on Samsung by shifting its chip manufacturing business to TSMC, but it doesn’t look like it is happening anytime soon.

It is also possible that Apple will use both Samsung and TSMC to produce the A7 chip, to reduce the risk of depending on just one company to manufacture its chips.

So what do we know about the A7 chip? So far not much, but the leaked iPhone 5S photo revealed it may come with only 1GB RAM (same as the iPhone 5 and iPad 4).

[Nick Frey via 9to5Mac]

What to Expect From Apple’s Fall iPad Event (Spoiler: New iPads!)

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In the invitation to its Oct. 22 fall event, Apple said it has “a lot more to cover” before the year is out. And indeed it does – more so this year than in recent years past, sources tell AllThingsD.

So what can we expect to see Apple unveil at Yerba Buena Center come Tuesday?

The obvious, really. As we’ve previously reported, the event will focus on the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini. Sources said the former will feature a thinner, lighter design akin to the iPad mini’s, and an improved camera. It will run Apple’s new 64-bit A7 chip. As I noted earlier this month, the new iPad mini will be outfitted with a retina display. It, too, is likely to see the A7 incorporated into its innards, as Apple shifts its mobile device lineup to 64-bit (more on the short and long term benefits of that here).

Also expected on Tuesday, the announcement of a street date for OS X Mavericks – which is scheduled to launch before the end of the month – and for the new cylindrical Mac Pro, as well. I’m told both will be given stage time. A potential wildcard here: A new display to pair with the Pro. Apple hasn’t fielded a new monitor since introducing the Thunderbolt LED display in 2011. Its latest Mac Pro has enough horsepower to drive three 4K displays simultaneously, and it’s hard to imagine the company debuting it without a new monitor that can take at least some advantage of that.

Finally, I’m told we’re likely to see a slate of new MacBook Pros upgraded with Intel’s latest Haswell processors. Apple brought Haswell to its MacBook Airs earlier this year, giving them a nice boost in battery life and graphics. It has been expected to do the same for its professional laptops ever since. Tuesday may well bring with it the announcement of that move.

Beyond that, it’s tough to say. Haswell Mac minis are certainly a possibility. Once the MacBook Pro makes the leap to the chip, the mini will be the Mac without it. Also possibly on tap for release, iWork for iCloud (from beta) and iLife, whose newly redesigned icons slipped out onto the Web last week.

Join AllThingsD Tuesday morning at 10 am PT for live coverage of the event.

Intel Rumored to Make 10 Percent of Apple A7 Chips While Samsung Gets Cut By Half

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Yesterday, we found out that both Hon Hai and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) were hiring 5,000 new employees; a move that could mean the tech industry is on its way back up. Today, DigiTimes is reporting that TSMC is in direct competition with the biggest chipmaker in the world for Apple’s affection for manufacturing the A7 processor.

Samsung and Apple’s relationship has been rumored to be on the rocks for some time now. It is no wonder considering how many times the two have gone to court over patent infringement suits. TSMC has also been rumored to be the go-to company to pick up the pieces of Apple’s broken heart. However, that still hasn’t come to fruition.

Today’s report from DigiTimes claims that “institutional investors” have information showing that, not only will TSMC be making chips for apple in the future, but so will Intel.

“TSMC has been said to become the second largest supplier for Apple’s A7 processors and production is reportedly to begin in 2014. But recent rumors have spread that Intel may also receive Apple’s orders.”

The report claims that Samsung will retain 50 percent of chip manufacturing for Apple, while TSMC will make 40 percent and Intel will make 10 percent of the A7 processor chips.

Recently, rumors have been heating up that Intel and Apple have come to an agreement on chip making. DigiTimes’ report seems to back this information. The A7 chip is scheduled to begin production in 2014.

[Via: AppleInsider]