Some new numbers from research firm Gartner show that Apple surpassed Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales during the fourth quarter of 2014, and become the world’s biggest smartphone maker. Samsung lost the number one spot to Apple for the first time since 2011.
Based on the post from the KoreaTimes.co.kr, they claim that Apple has been recruiting electronic experts that used to work for Samsung Electronics.What Apple is doing with the Samsung engineers or if they even hired them is currently unknown. However, it is rumored that the new employees will be working and supplying Apple with the new iPhone 6s DRAM “A9″ processor chip.
Apple is moving away from TSMC and back to Samsung to manufacture the chip which is the power-house behind the iPhone, which was reported by Recode. The source notes that Apple had “hoped” to rely more heavily on TSMC for the next-generation A9 processor. However, things didn’t work out that way due to TSMC’s limits in manufacturing.
According to the Korea Times, Apple and Samsung have struck a major ‘deal’. In this deal Samsung Electronics is said to supply Apple with a large majority of the application processors, these processors are used in the iPhone and iPad. Korea Times also notes that “Samsung will become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, pushing its chief Taiwanese rival TSMC back to second place”.
Samsung has hit back hard against the iPhone 6, even though it isn’t out yet. In fact, that’s the main target of their new promotion: that the wait for the iPhone 6 makes it easier to get a Galaxy S5.
Apple may have hit a rough patch in the sales department when it comes to the numbers of the iPhone 5C, but the iPhone 5S is still knocking down the charts and controlling the smartphone market in the US.