Apple's next-generation smartphone, dubbed as the iPhone 7, may be several months away from being launched, but speculations on its release date and features have started doing the rounds. Now, it's being reported that the device would be powered by A9 chip to be made by its arch rival Samsung Electronics.
The South Korean electronics giant will supply 75% of the A9 chips to Apple's iPhone 7, according to a report by The Inquirer citing sources in the semiconductor industry.
It may be mentioned that that Taiwan's TSMC supplied A8 chips to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though designed by Apple Inc, so giving the task to arch rival will surprise many industry watchers.
News of Samsung Electronics supplying A9 chips to the iPhone 7 came just on the heels of report that it would introduce its own Exynos 7420 processor through its upcoming smartphone, the Galaxy S6, instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 as speculated by many.
Not much is being leaked on the iPhone 7 with its release date still several months away. It is expected to be unveiled in September after its predecessor completes one-year cycle, while the iPhone 6s is expected to arrive early in spring along with Apple Watch.
According to a report by EMSOne (via TechnoBuffalo), the iPhone 7 will come packed with 2GB RAM, compared to 1GB RAM seen in the iPhone 6. It is also expected to house a 14mp main camera and 4mp front snapper, screen protected by sapphire crystal glass and chassis made of liquid metal.
It may be recalled that John Gruber had claimed on one of The Talk Show (via The Tech Block) episodes that Apple was working on its upcoming smartphone's camera that will enable users to take high quality pictures.