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Apple crawls back to Samsung for iPhone processors

Despite their ding dong battle in the smartphone market and ongoing patent disputes around the world, Apple is bringing back Samsung to supply application processors for its iPhones.

Samsung Electronics will supply mobile application processors to Apple from 2015, according to The Korea Economic Daily. Samsung will supply 14 nano A9 chips that will be used for Apple's eventual 'iPhone 7', says the report.

Korea's Samsung had supplied processors to Apple from 2007, but last year lost a contract to supply 20 nano A8 chips to Apple to Taiwan's TSMC - at the time it was heavily engaged in patent disputes with Apple.

But Samsung has developed state-of-the-art 14 nano model processors, that are more powerful, ahead of TSMC, leading to Apple coming back.

The Korea Economic Daily says Samsung has signed an agreement with Apple to supply the next-generation processor from 2015, and that it will be mounted in Apple's 'iPhone 7', which is slated to be released "in the second half of 2015". TSMC is providing processors to the forthcoming iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 - the moniker still yet to be confirmed.

Samsung is the biggest supplier of smartphones in the world by shipments, relying on the open source Android operating system.

Last week it was reported that Samsung had overtaken Apple globally for the first time in terms of mobile Internet usage, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.

The figures for Internet usage on mobile devices has never been more important as shipments for PCs continue on their downward path, with basic PCs being replaced by tablets and smartphones in both the consumer and business space.

The report said that while 12 months ago, Nokia led globally in terms of mobile Internet usage, Samsung (25.47 per cent) had leapfrogged both Apple (25.09 per cent) and Nokia (21.96 per cent) to take the lead in June 2013.