September 7, 2012- Anonymous sources have stated that following 2012’s consistent patent battles, Apple Inc (AAPL) are reducing the number of component orders it sends to the Korean-based Samsung.
One of the biggest suppliers that Apple uses in order to obtain the component parts for many of their devices, is Samsung. However, due to the current state of their working relationship with the yet still ongoing battle over patents, Apple Inc has decided to hit Samsung where it hurts and instead order their part from rival suppliers such as Toshiba, Elpida Memory and SK Hynix.
Samsung has long been not just a supplier of phones and tablets, but has also made its business on the production of chipsets and memory. Apple has always been one of its biggest customers, however, with the impending release of what has been dubbed ‘the iPhone 5’, many question whether Samsung will be used to supply the parts for this latest model. An anonymous source familiar with the Apple Inc has been quoted saying, “Samsung is still in the list of initial memory chip suppliers (for new iPhones). But Apple orders have been trending down and Samsung is making up for the reduced order from others, notably Samsung’s handset business.” Although neither Apple nor Samsung have commented on these reports, they are likely to be in fact.
The current stand of the Apple vs. Samsung feud’s most recent advancement occurred last month, where a US court sided with Apple, ordering Samsung to pay a fine in excess of $1 billion.