Oh boy, Samsung and Apple sure have one heck of a love-hate relationship. Apple has been suing the hell out of copy-cat Samsung, but ironically Samsung makes the A5 chip for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Without Samsung, the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 would just be a fantasy!
Apparently, Apple and Samsung have still been working closely. Today, Reuters reports that Samsung, Apple’s manufacturing partner for a number of components in its iOS devices, has completed work on a new factory in Austin, Texas. This new factory is handling the production of the A5 processor in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Turns out that while Samsung had announced the $3.6 billion project in June 2010. They had not publicly mentioned that facility is dedicated to producing components for Apple.
In fact, the report reveals that the entire facility is dedicated to Apple. Samsung’s new factory is said to have created 1,100 new jobs being brought on by Samsung, which also employs 2,400 employees at a NAND flash memory factory in Austin. Rumors have suggested that Apple may sway away from dealing with Samsung, but at this point it doesn’t look like it will occur for a while. However, if Apple does acquire a flash memory company like it is rumored to, the transition might not be far off.