Intel Could Make Chips for Future iPhone and iPad

Apple and Samsung have a lot invested together, but recent legal actions between the two companies may have strained their commitment to each other.

According to the EETimes, Intel is vying for Apple's business. Apple currently relies on Samsung for the manufacturing of its A4 chips found in the iPhone, iPod and Apple TV as well as the A5 which is powering the newest iPad.

Apple won't be ditching Samsung anytime in the near future, but design and manufacturing plans for future projects are likely already in the works.

"Based on a number of inputs, we believe Intel is also vying for Apple's foundry business," said Gus Richard, an analyst with Piper Jaffray & Co. "It makes strategic sense for both companies. The combination of Apple's growing demand and market share in smart phones and tablets gives Intel a position in these markets and drives the logic volume Intel needs to stay ahead in manufacturing."

An earlier report says that Apple is qualifying Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) for the manufacture of its A5 processor, further demonstrating Apple's distancing itself from Samsung.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Yea, but can they run Crysis?
  • virtualban
    You can't go fusion, can you?
  • pelov
    virtualban@AppleYou can't go fusion, can you?
    not yet designed for low enough power. Granted, neither is anything we've seen from the intel camp, either. But yes, you're right, fusion would probably suit their products better considering their emphasis on the visual aspect of computing.
  • KM_Yea, but can they run Crysis?
    grow up
  • lamorpa
    Definitely will, or won't. One of the two. That's for sure.
  • jacobdrj
    KM_Yea, but can they run Crysis?Thank you. Now I have to clean my keyboard from coffee-spray...

  • geekapproved
    Intel will NOT be making chips for iphone OR ipad. Trust me.
  • cloakster
    GeekApprovedIntel will NOT be making chips for iphone OR ipad. Trust me.
    I am interested in this whole situation, so i was wondering if you could expand on why you believe that to be true. Thanks.
  • gpace
    Intel did have the XScale, which was an ARM chip. I think they worked with Marvell on that.
  • wcooper007
    Well seeing how Intel makes all the processors for there desktops i find it very interesting how you can say they Will NOT be making chips for the additional products that apple has. Dont get me wrong i cant stand Crapple and anything they make. but I used to work right across the way from the Apple building at intel in portland and i am sure if intel wants the buisness and they hold alot of straws for apple so i am sure they can pull some strings maybe offer them a discount on all those Xeons that apple buys kinda like dell back in the day and bam