iPhone, iPad processor made by Samsung in Texas, report says

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iPhone, iPad processor made by Samsung in Texas, report says

Steve Jobs talks up the A5 processor at an Apple event in March.

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The processor running in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is being produced in Texas, a new report claims.

According to Reuters, citing sources, Samsung is producing the Apple A5 processor at a new 1.6-million-square-foot factory in Austin. The facility, which went into full production earlier this month, cost Samsung $3.6 billion. Although the facility doesn’t only produce Apple ‘s processors, Reuters’ sources say, “nearly all of the output” comes from the A5.

Samsung’s Apple -branded A5 is a system-on-a-chip (SoC), featuring a processor, graphics, and system memory.

Reuters’ finding is rather interesting when one considers that the majority of components in Apple ‘s iPhone and iPad are fabricated and assembled overseas. Currently, South Korea and China are key areas in Apple ‘s supply chain, and it has long been believed that the U.S. was not.

But there’s more to this story than simply location. Apple and Samsung are bitter rivals in the mobile market, and are currently waging legal battles around the world. Samsung argues that Apple ‘s iPhone 4S violates patents it holds, while Apple has said that the Samsung … [Read more]

iPhone, iPad processor made by Samsung in Texas, report says

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