There are reports that Apple has already started working on life after the iPhone 8, with claims that the 2018 model will be baptized iPhone 8S MAX.
According to the report, the iPhone 8S MAX will be equipped with a Samsung-made 6.2-inch OLED display screen. As it turns out, this will not be the only part that will be supplied by Samsung.
If reports from Korea are to be believed, the 2018 iPhone 8S will use chipsets manufactured by Samsung. The deal will see Samsung take back what used to be its own after Apple chose to go with TSMC back in 2013. Apparently, the said iPhone 8S chipsets will use Samsung’s advanced 7nm process.
The Investor claims that Samsung’s co-CEO in charge of chips and other parts’ businesses, Kwon Oh-hyun, could be a key figure in striking this deal following his recent visit to Apple headquarters. Due to the close ties the two companies have already established with respect to the supply of OLED panels for the iPhone 8, it won’t be such a hard task to convince Cupertino into this deal.
Still, TSMC will have a role to play in next year’s iPhone chipsets, but Samsung is expected to share some parts of the iPhone 8S orders that TSMC has monopolized over the few years it has been in charge. However, Samsung will still have to complete its in-house 7nm process tests before seeking the final word from Apple with respect to the chip production deal.