File - A sales assistant uses her mobile phone next to the company logos of Apple and Samsung at a store in Hefei, Anhui province in this September 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Samsung Electronics will manufacture the main chip in Apple Inc.'s next iPhone model, regaining a customer previously lost to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.Winning this order from Apple will help the world's second-largest chipmaker rebound against TSMC, which last year ended Samsung's monopoly over contracts to make iPhone and iPad chips.Apple picked TSMC to produce A8 processors for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices.Those agreements came as the relationship between Apple and Samsung soured because of legal disputes dating back to 2011 .Whether Samsung can hold onto the contract exclusively may depend on how quickly TSMC can bring online more advanced production and the pricing that both companies are willing to offer Apple.Samsung partnered with Globalfoundries last year in the made-to-order chip business, an alliance targeting TSMC.
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