“Samsung Electronics will supply mobile application processor (AP) to Apple Inc. from 2015,” The Korea Economic Daily reports. “The mobile AP is a brain of Apple’s iPhone. Samsung Electronics will supply 14 nano A9 chips that will be used for Apple’s iPhone 7.”

“Samsung Electronics had supplied the AP to Apple since 2007 but lost the contract to supply 20 nano AP A8 chips to Apple to Taiwan’s TSMC last year when it was engaged in patent disputes with Apple… Apple also decided to procure iPhone 6 APs from TSMC, the world’s No. 1 foundry company,” The Korea Economic Daily reports. “Samsung Electronics developed state-of-the-art 14 nano models ahead of its rival TSMC, regaining the order from Apple.”

The Korea Economic Daily reports, “According to industry sources on July 14, Samsung Electronics signed an agreement with Apple to supply the next-generation AP that it will produce in 2015. The AP that will be produced using 14 nano FinFET technology is mounted on Apple’s iPhone 7 to be released in the second half of 2015.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Possibilities, remote and otherwise:

• A Samsung settlement with Apple is near; or
• This is an Apple-sourced leak designed to move along TMSC or other negotiations; or
• The recent reports of Apple buying/exploring investment into chip fabs were Apple-sourced to help to seal this deal with Samsung at favorable terms for Apple; or
• This report is incorrect because it strongly conflicts with multiple recent reports stating otherwise.

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