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Apple’s Relationship with Samsung Continues to Sour

by Todd Haselton | October 15, 2012October 15, 2012 7:30 am PDT


Apple and Samsung don’t get along in the public eye. Samsung recently lost a patent battle to the Cupertino-based company and its commercials are known for mocking Apple products. Historically, however, Samsung has provided components used in Apple’s iPhone. Now, that relationship is reportedly beginning to sour.

“There are three types of chip clients,” a high-level Samsung employee allegedly told The Korea Times. “Some want us to handle everything from chip design, architecture and manufacturing. Some want us to just design and manufacture. Some wants us to just make the chips. Apple is now the third type.” The official said that Apple did everything related to the design of the A6 chip used in the iPhone 5 and that Samsung was just contracted to build the processor. Still, Samsung reportedly earned more money from manufacturing the A6 than from manufacturing earlier chips used in Apple’s previous iPhones, The Korea Times said.

Samsung said it knows that Apple has aspirations to design its own chips and believe the firm feels threatened by Samsung’s recent success. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will reportedly be the sole provider of quad-core chips to Apple for future products.

[via The Korea Times]

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...