Ties between Apple and Samsung look set to become even closer, after reports in Korea revealed that the latter will produce chipsets for Apple’s 2018 smartphone, likely called the iPhone 9.
Anonymous sources said that Samsung had bought special equipment to make chips for future iPhones, in a move aimed at giving it a bigger role in making parts for a device that is ostensibly its main rival in the smartphone market.
It’s thought that Samsung’s position as sole supplier of OLED screens for this year’s iPhone 8 and other upcoming models of Apple’s handset put it in a strong position to gazump rival parts makers.
Samsung made chips for the iPhone until 2013, with the tie–up ending as competition between Galaxy smartphones and the iPhone reached fever pitch.
Apple is expected to launch just one OLED screen-toting iPhone in 2017, with all of its range set to make the move to the ultra bright, low powered display tech next year.
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