Here we go with another twist in the Apple and Samsung relationship. It’s been known for quite a while that Samsung provides many components to their largest competitor, Apple. Now a few weeks ago, Samsung raised the price for their processors which they supply Apple with. Apple also uses Samsung for it’s displays, and memory modules, but that is quickly changing. Now it appears that Samsung has pulled the plug on producing batteries for Apple devices like the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. In fact, Apple has turned to two China-based companies for batteries.
It appears that the Cupertino-based manufacturer is working hard to shake the Samsung components of their iOS line up of devices. But that might be a bit harder than Apple thought it was. We’ve also learned recently that most of the displays in the iPad Mini are actually LG displays and not Samsung’s.
We aren’t sure who initiated the break up, whether it was Samsung or Apple. But I think it was Samsung, they were probably thinking something like “well if you want to get an injunction on most of our devices, we’ll stop selling you batteries to power your devices”. Sounds like a bunch of kids on the playground, am I right? But one thing is for sure, the relationship between two of the most dominant smartphone manufacturers is getting pretty nasty. Both in and out of the courtroom.
Don’t forget, Apple and Samsung will be back in court on December 6th. And Samsung is able to see the licensing agreement between Apple and HTC which went down a few weeks ago. Although they are unable to see the financial obligation of HTC to Apple in that agreement and that it is also for attorney’s eyes only. So the general public will probably never know what the details of this agreement is or was.
Do you blame Samsung for not wanting to sell batteries to Apple for their devices like the iPod Touch, iPad, or iPhone? I, personally, think it’s a form of revenge on the part of Samsung. And I love the decision by the Korean manufacturer. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.