To this day, Samsung and Apple remain locked in a number of legal battles in several countries. Both smartphone manufacturers are competing for the number one position of an incredibly lucrative market, and appear to be constantly suing each other for copyright infringement and seeking sales bans of each other’s products.
Samsung was recently ordered to pay Apple over $1 billion in damages after a U.S court ruled in Apple’s favour following an accusation of copyright infringements on Samsung’s popular Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets. Many people thought this would be the end of the legal rivalry between would two, but this has not been the case. Despite the high profile legal rivalry between the two companies, they are actually bound by a mutually beneficial partnership. Samsung is one of the biggest manufacturers of LCD displays for Apple’s popular iOS products such as the new iPad and the popular iPhone 5.
It looks like this partnership may be coming to an end though, according to the Korea Times, and Samsung is seeking to terminate the contract to manufacture and supply displays to Apple. As Apple gears up to launch its latest iPad Mini, it turns out that manufacturing of their screens has largely been handled by Sharp and LG. Visit our website for the latest iPhone 5 News.
The opportunity to manufacture screens for Apple devices has surely been lucrative for Samsung, given the popularity of the products. Despite this though, Samsung is insistent that it is a purely financial decision to terminate the contract, and has nothing to do to legal rivalry with Apple.
Of course, Samsung is still reaping the rewards for its bestselling Galaxy S3. The device, which famously sold 20 million units in its first 100 days on the market remains at the top of the smartphone sales charts in a number of countries. Therefore, Apple has its work cut out if it is to match these numbers.