Apple will no longer use memory chips and displays from Samsung Electronics Corp on its new iPhone, reports two South Korean newspapers citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
Elpida Memory Inc., SK Hynix, and Toshiba Corp. were selected to supply memory chips, whereas Japan Display Inc. and LG Display Co. will supply liquid crystal displays (LCDs) for the new iPhone, said the industry sources.
Despite the decision, reports from the Korea Economic Daily and JoongAng Ilbo said Apple, previously the largest buyer of Samsung components, will continue to use Samsung mobile processors for its upcoming smartphone.
The new iPhone is widely expected to launch on 12 September in the U.S.
The reports added Samsung’s sister company, Samsung SDI Co., failed to receive orders from Apple for batteries for the new iOS smartphone.
Consequently, the Cupertino-based tech giant chose Sanyo Electric Co. as its alternative supplier.
Samsung declined to comment on the reports.
Ongoing Legal Battles
While Apple already won more than US$1 billion against Samsung, both companies’ legal skirmishes are far from the finish line.
The California court jury may have awarded one of the largest patent infringement cases in history to the world’s most valuable company, but Samsung still has a fighting chance in ongoing trials on international courts.
Apple traveled the world over to sue the world’s top smartphone maker in unit sales for “slavishly copying” the design of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.
“I am going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death because they know they are guilty,” said the late Steve Jobs to his biographer Walter Isaacson.
Eventually, Samsung countersued and charged Apple for infringing on its wireless technology patents.
“The smartphone patent wars are taking place in many courts in this country, and all over the world. This is the first time that the court has found that one of these manufacturers has infringed patents of a company like Apple,” said Michael A. Carrier, a law professor from Rutgers University.
Apple is also seeking to ban the sale of Samsung’s flagship smartphones in the U.S. market.
There are more than nine other patent infringement cases in other countries including Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Japan.
Meanwhile, Apple has sent an invitation to the media for Sept. 12, where it plans to discuss new products.
People familiar with the situation have said that Apple is planning to launch its new iPhone.
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