Samsung has had a pretty rough year, but the company may get a boost from one of its biggest rivals starting in 2015. The Korea Times reports that Apple recently tapped the South Korean firm to produce the bulk of iPhone and iPad processors starting next year.
The multi-billion dollar decision will push Taiwanese chip-maker TSMC back to second place, while Samsung once again becomes Apple’s primary supplier. By 2016, the Galaxy-maker will allegedly produce 80 percent of Apple’s mobile processors, with production kicking off early next year. Samsung will apparently kick off production at one of its local factories, but should eventually expand to facilities in New York and Austin, Texas.
The news marks a quick reversal from Apple’s plans to distance itself from Samsung, with about 70 percent of the A8 chips for this year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus produced by TSMC. Last month, the South Korean company hinted that it would pick up significantly more slack with next year’s A9 chip, and now it looks like that deal could extend into 2016 and beyond.