Apple A8 (teaser 001)

Apple’s upcoming A8 mobile processor is of course expected to power the next wave of iPhone and iPad devices, but the advanced chip apparently won’t be manufactured by Samsung, which fabbed all of A-series processors since the iPhone 4’s 2010 A4 chip.

According to a new report out of China, Samsung is experiencing yield issues and in turn has dropped out of Apple’s A8 chip production…

According to a story published by TechNews Taiwan and highlighted by MacRumors, Samsung is experiencing significant issues producing the chip on its 20-nanometer process.

That must be music to the ears of rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which currently builds Touch ID fingerprint sensors, as that company was reportedly able to meet Apple’s demands and will now get to exclusively build the A8.

The story goes on to mention that TSMC may also get to build the 2015 A9 chip on its 16-nanometer process, with Apple possibly adding Samsung as a supplier at a later stage, once the Galaxy maker proves it can build the chip on its 14-nanometer process.

Corroborating last summer’s report by The Wall Street Journal, DigiTimes recently asserted that TSMC should account for the bulk of A8 production going forward.

It is no secret that Apple is looking to take its lucrative chip-making contract elsewhere amid the ongoing legal dispute with Samsung, its key supplier, over patent infringement.

  • Chindavon

    “We don’t have time to deal with the yield issues! We have more S4 models to work on that take top priority.”
    -Samsung

  • I hope it has quad-core.

    • omrishtam

      siri, why do you need quad core?

      • Performance improvments. And i am not Siri! It’s just my user name!

      • omrishtam

        someone didn’t get the joke

      • Jonathan

        Siri, does my crush like me?

      • Try asking the Magic 8 Ball. Google search it.

      • Jonathan

        Wrong answer.
        “I don’t know. But I can search the web for that!”

      • Matt Taylor

        On iPad I 100% agree! If it doesn’t have quad core and a ram bump I won’t be buying it! Apple had better catch up, and in answer to the above question… Some people use iDevices for pro use, such as musicians and photographers and the current hardware isn’t up to standard!

      • omrishtam

        again….you didn’t get the joke (i know why we need it)

      • Hyr3m

        Musicians should go to high-fidelity equipment rather than amateur low-fi Apple toys. Photographers don’t need Apple anymore (thank god !). Get a cheaper, more powerful and functional device and use the price difference to get a new lens or something…

      • But i can search the web for that!

  • ClaudieX X

    So iPhone 6 wil be Bigger phone with smaller hardware…. SO…Apple… Please !! Please !! Fill all the empty space with a bigger battery !!!

  • Framboogle

    I hope they at least bring 2GB of RAM… Long past overdue

    • felixtaf

      Yes… My iPad Air needs it badly… All the cashes so far are due to low memory…

      • Kurt

        How is your safari? It crashes every few minutes for me. Also, my iPad Air restarts out of nowhere. Even if I’m not using it. Think there was a post about it on IDB.

      • felixtaf

        I have crash only on Safari. My iPad did restart on iOS 7 before 7.0.4. With 7.0.4, I dnt have any restart problem (so far). But safari crashes (Atleast 2-3 times a week) even with few tabs with nothing running in background. I use Safari as my only browser. It crashes usually on websites with more graphic data or long pages (even pages with disqus threads).
        Even without any crash, if you see the diagnostic data you will notice plenty low memory crash logs. That means minor crashes are goin on behind the screen (I guess).
        Btw my iPad is Jailbroken.

      • Svs

        It’s actually iOS 7.0.4 problem maybe a memory leak or something i’m not sure. But safari in iOS 7.1 b2 has never crash . In 7.0.4 my safari would crash just because i opened too many tabs

      • felixtaf

        I must say this. I watched a whole REAL football match live streamed without any crash on safari…

        Mine doest crash often though. But stilll its crashing. If 7.1 fixes this, I l be happy!

      • Kurt

        I haven’t had any crashes in a few days. I’m not sure if I had any safari crashes since the iPad restarted on its own a last week. Thanks for the tip with the diagnostic data. I’ll keep an eye on it. I did have a low memory crash. Only one since I whipped my iPad clean this weekend. My iPad isn’t jailbroken. What are your favorite tweaks you are using? I’m loving the speed so haven’t wanted to slow it down. But I hate ads and want more icons per page so I might jailbreak soon.

      • felixtaf

        Low memory crash is the only crash I have on my crash logs. If u use a Tweak to show free RAM available, you will be surprised. Its mere 250-280MB for me with nothing running on the background.
        I jailbreak for fun. Not much of a tweaker, still I will list the tweaks I use.
        Winterboard with Soft remix for iOS 7 theme, Applocker, Activator, Barrel, Bloard (dark keyboard), ifile, Clearfolders, Display recorder, RetinaPad (must have tweak if u r planning to use iPhone apps on iPad), whatspad for whatsapp on iPad, iCleaner, Zeppelin, Swipe selection, Bytafont 2, itransmisson for torrents, switchspring to clear all apps in background and quick respring.
        I do recommend iCleaner. Within the first month of use, icleaner cleaned a chunk of 2.6GB temperory files from my iPad!
        I am waiting for an updated Emblem, Safari download manager, protube HD and bridge.

      • Kurt

        Thanks for letting me know the tweaks you use. I typically use a lot of the ones you mentioned. Others I know of them, and some I never heard of, so I’ll check them out on youtube. I have my iPad 1 jailbroken but it’s so unbearably slow. I tap and have to wait sometimes 4 or 5 seconds for it to do something in settings app for ex. Other times its about 1 sec delay. My 4S when jailbroken was much faster. My iPad gave me such trouble since I installed Siri (which didn’t work) I restored a few times but still it’s slow. Any problems with lag? I’ve had lag with my 4S but it wasn’t bad. I’m assuming lag won’t be a problem with the Air since it’s quite fast.

      • felixtaf

        Nope. I have no lag whatsoever on my iPad air after I jailbroke it. Still smooth and fine.
        I think iPad 1 is too old to handle the tweaks (may be). I had an iPhone 4 (sold it last month). It was terrible on iOS7. Lags alot and slow animations. So, I installed a tweak called NoSlowAnimations. It speed up the animations on my phone and felt faster than before (not sure if its actually faster). But animations are smooth. Try that tweak.
        Another tweak called HiddenSettings7 also let u play on the animation speed. HiddenSettings7 can do more, coz its opens up Apple’s default springboard settings (although i jus used it to speed up the animation and chnage the controlcenter icon colour).

      • felixtaf

        I also noticed that it crashes whenever i try to scroll a page while its loading (sometimes even iDB pages).

    • Maxim∑

      It could be 1GB again but the new DDR4 instead of DDR3. Apple filed a patent for it.

      I hope though its 2GB, at least for iPad

      • Kurt

        I hope it’s 3GB with multi-screen. But perhaps 2GB would be sufficient?

      • felixtaf

        I guess, 2GB will be fine. But multi-screen/multi-window, we are not going to see it from Apple anytime soon!

      • Kurt

        I’m having some hope there will be multi windows in the iPad pro. Especially since samsung note tablets have them and window 8 tablets. But with 1GB of ram we will never see it. Maybe when we get two?

        Have you ever used a windows 8 pro tab? I’m very interested in getting one that’s 13″. I want one with a pen. I love that you can hook it up to a tv and use it as a desktop with a mouse and keyboard and other times just use it as a tablet.

      • felixtaf

        I hope so too. Am not artist or designer, but I do write personal notes on my Note 2 (sold) and now in iPad. I feel the S-pen is far superior than any stylus u can buy for iPad. Am now using Targus slimline stylus. Its small like the S-pen and comfortable for me to write and its very cheap (around 10$).
        Reg Win pro tab – no, I havent used one. But i have used Surface RT.
        Btw if you are looking for pro, u can try Surface pro. Dont want to spend much money, then go with surface pro first generation. It was selling for 500$ brand new on ebay. I do like the surface built quality. Its solid!
        Sorry, i never came across any 13″ pro tablet/laptop convertible. So I cant comment. I used Lenovo Lynx for sometime. Its crap!

      • Kurt

        Yeah, just saw last night about the surface pro being 500 USD on ebay. I think it’s a great deal. I just don’t like the aspect ratio. I use my tablet in landscape and hate the height when typeing or viewing webpages. There are some windows pro tablets that are in between the surface aspect ratio and iPad ratio which is something I’d like (screen resolution being 1900 x 1200). When I move back to the states I’m going to look into windows tablets more seriously. I do like watching the reviews on youtube.

      • felixtaf

        Ya.. You are right. Surface tabs are meant to be used in landscape mode. Thats a pain, I agree.
        I have only one advice for you. Before buying any windows tablet, think twice and watch lot of reviews. I bought lenovo lynx since it came on a deal. It felt cheap and lag a lot (It had regular Win 8, not the pro though).

      • Kurt

        Ouch. I can’t deal with lag. I’ll check out your tablet. Win RT isn’t worth it when you can get a pro for 200 and on sale for 150(dell venue 8) I think those are the prices I saw

    • Matt Taylor

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • Keir Dicus

    Can someone explain to me the whole deal about the nanometer thing? I don’t understand what it is or what it has to do with the factories

    • Svs

      It’s the distance between 2 transistor

      • felixtaf

        Thanks… I dint know about this too.

  • Dante Arellano

    We no need you samesunmg go head to make your shite of phones for the rest of the world than doesn’t has money for get a iphone. Proud of apple than may one they make the iphone in America!!!

    • chris125

      Huh? English please?!?

    • Hyr3m

      Thanks for demonstrating the fact that Apple fanboys are illiterate m0r0ns. 😀
      If you have an iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S or 5C, you’re using a Samsung processor. You don’t need Samsung unless you want something else than a useless empty glass/aluminium/plastic shell.

  • Hyr3m

    “It is no secret that Apple is looking to take its lucrative chip-making contract elsewhere amid the ongoing legal dispute with Samsung, its key supplier, over patent infringement.” {{Citation needed}}

    • mav3rick

      Still good that Google or Android was not mentioned as being bad out of nowhere at the end of the article…

      • Hyr3m

        Don’t tempt him 😀