Next Generation iPad and iPhone Devices May Feature Intel Inside

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The strained relationship between Apple and Samsung could result in the Cupertino outfit turning to Intel to supply chips for future mobile devices. It would be an interesting partnership, if not a little odd considering there are rumors that Apple is may ditch Intel for ARM for its next generation Mac devices.

It also makes sense. Apple has been looking to sever ties with Samsung ever since winning a $1 billion judgement against the company over patent violations. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, Samsung recently hiked the price of mobile processors it sells to Apple by 20 percent (though Samsung claims the price hike was scheduled).

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All this back and forth bickering has Apple considering a relationship with Intel. Specifically, RBC Capital Markets analyst Doug Freedman says Apple would like to tap into Intel to build the company's ARM-based mobile processors (like the A6), and in return, Apple will use x86 processors in certain devices, including the next iPad, CNet reports.

That's right, Apple is apparently considering the idea of using different processors for its mobile devices, based on two completely different architectures. It seems quirky to go that route, but it would solve any capacity issues that might arise if Apple were to go with TSMC instead.
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Dorkstar replied on Sat, Dec 1 2012 11:36 AM

Think they'd keep the CPU's locked, hehe.

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honestly, this would be a smart move for apple. Intel has the manufacturing capacity to make sure that there is never a shortage of the chips, something TSMC has a horrible track record of

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OSunday replied on Sat, Dec 1 2012 5:58 PM

Not gonna lie... Apples choices can be more than a little confusing at times, the products they put out right now are quality so as long as that's maintained or improved through supplier switches, on the consumer end its no big deal but what's the overall impact of things like this on suppliers and others?

For example AMD's recent declines could have something to do with behind the scenes changes with suppliers

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This really doesn't surprise me. Intel is trying to dominate the market. This was predictable. Intel has always been trying to incoporate everything onto their CPU's, such as memory control, PCI lane control, all sorts of things! And it basically just leaves Intel all the room in the world to work with, and then all the third party companies that designed all the things Intel has now made onboard, go out of business!

This is a good move for Intel, and most likely for Apple as well, but just the fact that this is happening, does make me worry. I trust Intel to provide an excellent experience, but I don't want them to have a monopoly on everything.

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RiCoFrost replied on Mon, Dec 3 2012 11:28 PM

Didnt they just say a few weeks ago they are moving away from intel?

Do a google search and you can see.

Bet they are doing it because of Microsoft using Intel on the Surface tablets.

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RiCoFrost replied on Mon, Dec 3 2012 11:32 PM

Wouldn't it be funny in Samsung don't end up paying 1 billion and now apple are paying 20% more for everything :P god please let that happen heheheh

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