The epic legal battle between Samsung and Apple came to a head last month with a home town jury handing Apple the US. The two have been fighting not only in the US but in court rooms around the world. The other side of the vicious legal bar room brawl is that the duo have been working together building devices side by side for years. The partnership has obviously been successful for both parties, especially since Samsung has been providing the majority of Apple’s iPhone processors for generations (iPhone generations that is).
With thing heating up and Apple going after 21 new Samsung devices in a trial to take place mid 2013 it doesn’t seem surprising that Apple is starting to loose interesting in Samsung being their core technology supplier. Samsung currently supplies microprocessors, flat screens and memory chips for Apple’s iPhone, iPad & iPod line up.
The New York Times is reporting that Apple is looking to take its orders else where potentially leaving the Koreans out of their supply chain, or at least giving them a much smaller piece of the pie. Samsung is still listed an an official supplier of the latest iPhone, but it seems that they have been making up for the reduced volume from Apple with their own successful Galaxy line. The Galaxy SIII just top 20 Million units sold last week.
Still, Samsung remains the sole producer of Apple-designed micro chips that power the iPhone and iPad, making the relationship too important for either party to put at risk. We do wonder how long this relationship will last as legal tensions continue to mount.