Samsung will provide chips for iPhones in 2018



It looks like Samsung and Apple will once again set aside their differences in order to produce next year’s iPhone.

Just a few months ago, reports surfaced about Samsung supplying OLED panels for the upcoming iPhone. It wasn’t much of a surprise, though, considering how the Korean tech giant owns 95 percent of the world’s OLED market share.

For Apple to choose the best-possible screen manufacturer for its tenth-anniversary flagship should be a no-brainer. What we’re learning now is a lot more interesting: Apple is reaching out to Samsung for another vital component — highly advanced chipsets.

This is a big deal, because Samsung was a major supplier of processors for Apple up until recently when TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) took over chip production for the newer iPhones.

For Samsung to produce millions of processors for next year’s iPhone would be yet another feather in the brand’s cap. If you recall, Sammy partnered with Qualcomm to design and manufacturer the high-end Snapdragon 835, which is found in competing phones such as Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium and the HTC U11.

Why would Apple go back to its rival for another batch of silicon? According to The Investor, Samsung acquired “extreme ultra violet lithography machines, the most advanced chip manufacturing equipment, to produce 7nm mobile processors solely for iPhone.”

That’s right: Sammy now has the ability to create processors smaller and more efficient than the already-tiny 10nm fabrication of the Snapdragon 835.

Putting one and one together, next year’s iPhone could merge the incredible hardware of Samsung with Apple’s unmatched iOS integration and software ecosystem.

We’re already looking forward to the iPhone which Apple will reveal in a couple of months, but whatever they’re cooking up for 2018 could blow it out of the water.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Camera Shootout

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership



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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book



The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in



Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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