Foxconn CEO wants Apple manufacturers to unite against Samsung

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Samsung is after more of Apple's iPhone business.
Foxconn is no fan of Samsung. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou is no fan of Samsung. In fact, according to a new report, he’s been trying to use his influence as Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner to get Apple to lessen its dependency on Samsung — while a giving a shot to other companies.

The reason? He thinks Taiwanese manufacturers need to work together to overcome the growing threat of the South Korean tech giant, which could potentially swallow all of their jobs.

Samsung allegedly nabs 75% of Apple’s A9 orders

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Ericsson wants to stop Apple selling iPhones in the United States. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
The iPhone 6s could get by with a little help from Samsung. Photo: Jim Merithew

In public, the big smartphone competition may be between Apple and Samsung, but behind the scenes the faltering Samsung has another battle on its hands: with rival manufacturer TSMC over who gets to build the A9 processor for the next generation iPhone.

And while Samsung is decisively losing the battle to sell the most smartphones in the marketplace, the A9 chip orders could be one clash it is going to emerge victorious from!

Apple’s next-gen A9 chip may have already entered production

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A9 chips are on the way.
Samsung has reportedly already started producing Apple's A9 system-on-chip. Fabrizio Sciami/Flickr CC
Photo: Fabrizio Sciami/Flickr CC

Speculation about who is going to build Apple’s A9 processor may be coming to a halt, as Korea’s Electronic Times reports today that not only has Samsung won the contract from Apple, but it’s also entered production.

As per the report, Samsung began fabrication on the new system-on-chip yesterday at its chipmaking facility in Austin, Texas, using a 14 nanometer process.