Samsung has set to work building Apple’s next–generation A9 processor, the system–on–a–chip that is said to power 2015’s range of iPhones and iPads.
The two bitter rivals have come closer together towards the end of this year, with Samsung confirming plans in October for it to take on production of the new components.
Supply chain sources say work began last week at a Samsung plant in Austin, Texas. They did not divulge a timeframe for when the A9 will appear in Apple products.
The new processor is apparently being lined up for inclusion in next year’s much rumoured iPad Pro, also known as the iPad Air Plus. That tablet is said to be hitting shelves at some point in spring, with further rumours that Apple may release an updated iPad mini at the same time.
Samsung, for its part, believes the deal with Apple will see it arrest the worrying decline in profits it suffered in the quarter from July to September.
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