While the relationship between Samsung Mobile and Apple is decidedly a bad one, the division of Samsung that manufacturers electronic components and Apple seem to get along well — but that relationship may be on the rocks. According to both Reuters, Korea Economic Daily, and Bloomberg, the orders for memory chips from Samsung have been reduced, though reports differ on the details.
Reuters source says that Apple is attempting to diversify its supply chain, and that Samsung will still be a supplier in the initial run of devices — just a lesser one. The same article sourced the Korea Economic Daily, saying:
The Korea Economic Daily reported Apple’s exclusion of some Samsung components earlier today, citing a deepening legal dispute between the technology giants as a possible reason.
Contrarily, Bloomberg states that Samsung won’t provide memory chips for any of the first run due to disagreements over pricing — however, it will still the source of “ the processor powering the device.”
This appears to be three different takes on the same information — but if the cause is the legal woes between the two companies, Apple’s attempts at diversification, or a price war is anyone’s guess. Or maybe it’s a combination of all three.