This speculation is most probably based on the fact that the Samsung's co-chief executive and in-charge of chip manufacturing division Kwon Oh-hyun visited the Apple headquarters in California last month.
If the new iPhone with an OLED screen launches in October, none of the sales will be counted in Apple's September quarter, which could be weaker than what Wall Street is expecting.
According to news reports on July 18, Samsung recently purchased extreme ultra violet lithography machines, the most advanced chip manufacturing equipment, to produce seven-nanometer mobile processors exclusively for iPhone.
In 2011, Apple sued Samsung over patent infringement, and the company cut down the number of components it got from its competitor from that time. Cupertino has reportedly inked a two-year deal with the Korean manufacturer to supply it with OLED screens for the iPhone. "Samsung, the world's largest mobile OLED maker with a whopping 95 percent market share, is the sole OLED supplier for the upcoming iPhone".
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Samsung used to make chips for Apple before but lost the deal to TSMC in 2013.
TSMC, the world's No. 1 foundry firm, took up a 50.6 percent market share in the global chip foundry sector with its revenue reaching US$28.8 million in 2016, followed by Global Foundry of the United States with 9.6 percent, and Taiwan's UMC with 8.1 percent, according to market research firm IHS. TSMC will still play a role in supplying chips for next year's iPhones, according to the Herald.
"Samsung's big increase in sales has been driven by an unbelievable rise in DRAM and NAND flash average selling prices", IC Insights said.
Samsung had one of its most profitable quarters in company history earlier in the year, with US$8.7 billion in operating profit, a 48 per cent increase from the previous year.