Apple cuts memory chip order to Samsung for new iPhone 5
Corporate world is strange and that is putting it lightly. Apple and Samsung have been large partners together with DRAM and NAND memory modules.
The latest courtroom battles have left many, like myself, wondering if this would eventually happen. According to Reuter’s source ”Samsung is still in the list of initial memory chip suppliers [for new Iphones]. But Apple orders have been trending down and Samsung is making up for the reduced order from others, notably Samsung’s handset business.”
Reuter’s source also mentioned that Apple is hitting up supply from SK Hynix and Elpida to supply its memory modules for the new iPhone 5, which will be announced on September 12, 2012. Whether or not Apple will continue to do partnership with Samsung in the future remains to be seen.
Apple’s $1.05 billion victory in damages last month is surely the culprit, though some speculate. It’s like a long-time marriage gone bad for the two companies — and maybe the two needed some ‘corporate-counselling’ on how to do business in between them.
No word on Apple’s continued use of Samsung’s SoC (system-on-chip) application processor in the future, although this, too, could change at some point as well. Anything is possible when you place corporate world in the hands of lawyers . . .