November 26, 2012
The China Business News is reporting Apple is ditching Samsung as the main provider of batteries for its MacBook and iPad devices in favor of two Chinese Companies: Amperex Technology Limited and Tianjin Lishen Battery.
If true, the move is not surprising. Apple has already cut back on using Samsung as a supplier, choosing LG displays for its new iPad Mini instead of using Samsung displays as it did on its iPads.
According to past comments by CEO Tim Cook, Samsung is an important partner for Apple and will remain so in the foreseeable future. Despite Cook’s comments, it is widely believed the supplier relationship between Samsung and Apple is rapidly falling apart courtesy of the bitter patent war the firms are engaged in.
Rumors that Samsung had increased processor prices for Apple and reports the iPhone maker was terminating the display supply relationship with Samsung have been swirling this fall. The companies have denied both reports.
Samsung and Apple are embroiled in a patent fracas in 10 countries as each accuses the other of copying one another’s mobile devices. The war between the two companies began in earnest in August after a jury ruled Samsung had infringed on Apple’s patents, awarding the iPhone maker $1.05 billion. In light of its billion-dollar victory, Apple has been seeking a ban on the sale of Samsung’s Android-powered devices.
Samsung won a major victory in the ongoing war last week.
U.S. District Court judge Paul Grewal has ordered Apple to divulge to Samsung the details of its settlement with HTC, which included a 10-year licensing agreement.
Grewal’s Nov. 21 decision has made such a ban less likely. In his decision, Grewal said Apple cannot claim Samsung’s violations of its patents make a U.S. ban of its products necessary but agree to a deal with HTC that allows similar products to enter the American market.