It is no secret that the global legal battle for patents between Apple and Samsung is one hot topic nowadays. For what seem like an eternity, the courtroom drama between two tech giants continue to unfold. In that past, Apple and Samsung have been sort of "frenemies" because while their flagship products compete in the market, both have retained their relationship as manufacturing partners. However with the years that the legal squabble went by, this relationship has turned sour and it seems that its only a matter of time before all ties between these companies will be severed. In the latest development, Apple has decided to change battery suppliers in place of Samsung.
According to Apple CEO Tim Cook in the most recent quarterly conference call, Samsung will remain a crucial component partner for the Cupertino company and it will be that way in the foreseeable future. However, there have been talks that the supplier relationship between these two tech giants is growing sour by the minute. During these past few months, we have heard various rumors like the South Korean company has increased processor prices for Apple or the hearsay that Cupertino outfit was eventually going to ditch Samsung as its main display supplier. Both of which were denied by these two companies.
Samsung SDI is the sector responsible for providing the batteries for some of the most prominent Apple products. However as the relationship between the two takes its turn for the worse, Apple has reportedly switched battery suppliers for its iPad and MacBook products. In place of Samsung SDI, Apple is said to have switched to Amperex Technology Limited and Tianjin Lishen Battery, both Chinese companies. This bit of report came from the China Business News. If this turned out to be true, then this is only one of the series of events caused by the companies' strained relationship.
With the ongoing global patent battle between Samsung and Apple, it is only natural that the relationship of both companies on the supply chain side will suffer as well. There have been proofs like Apple has moved on to remove crucial design components for its A-chip processors from the South Korean company and in-house. This effectively makes Samsung to simply a manufactory partner. There are also floating reports that Apple has been talking with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) to take over chip production down the line.
However despite all these reports, there are no clear signs that the business relationship between Apple and Samsung is indeed going to collapse. For Apple, Samsung is a very valuable partner which can’t easily be replaced. For Samsung, Apple is simply one of its most lucrative customers, if not the most profitable. Dropping such relationship quickly is not going to do both Apple and Samsung any favor. [via TechCrunch]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback