Apple eyeing Intel in plan to ditch Samsung chips?
8th Mar 2013 | 01:25
Future iPhone, iPad system-on-a-chip manufacturing could be handled by Intel instead of Samsung
Apple has talked to Intel in an effort to have the semiconductor company manufacture its chips for future mobile devices, according to a report today.
Just as much as Apple needs to ditch Samsung, this shift in system-on-a-chip manufacturers would also benefit Intel.
Although Intel is the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor company, it's only now making a name for itself in the growing mobile processor market with smartphone manufacturers like ZTE.
The intel on Intel says no deal just yet
Apple and Intel have discussed system-on-a-chip manufacturing in the past year, according to a source who talked to Reuters, but no agreement has been reached.
That means Samsung might still be in charge of making a potential Apple A7 processor that could be announced alongside the rumored redesigned iPad 5.
For its part, an Intel spokesperson told TechRadar that "We don't comment on rumors or speculation."
Intelligent move to mobile
If Intel were to make iPhone and iPad chips, it could lead to an additional $4.2 billion in revenue in 2015, according to a figure Macquarie analyst Shawn Webster gave Reuters.
That's perfectly timed news for Intel. In addition to underestimating mobile in the past, the company has seen a decline in desktop and laptop processor demand, leading to a 19 percent decline in its stock over the last year.
Also, Intel may be out as the designer of Mac processors soon. Apple, never sticking with one partner for too long it seems, is preparing to ditch Intel processors in its computers in favor of using an in-house system-on-a-chip designer.