Apple Poised to Become Samsung's Biggest Customer Even As Rivalry Heats Up
On Sunday, Paul reported
that Samsung is in talks with Apple to supply Super-PLS displays for the iPad. The prospective deal underscores the growing relationship between unlikely partners - and rivals - Apple and Samsung. According to the Korean Economic Daily
, Apple and Samsung are poised to do their best and biggest work together this year. If the report proves accurate, Apple will, in fact, become Samsung's largest customer in 2011, with $7.8 billion worth of component purchases on tap.
Of course, all of this is transpiring as Samsung continues to toil in the mobile space with products and developments that take direct aim at Apple. This week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung is busy touting the arrival of the Galaxy S II, the sweet new follow up in the growing and increasingly popular line of Android handsets. The Galaxy S II has a dual-core processor and, as expected, runs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and sports a dazzling 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen among other bells and whistles that are generating no shortage of attention.
Still, Apple needs Samsung and, conversely, Samsung needs Apple. But as the mobile industry continues to make for strange bed fellows, the general consumer, on the other hand, stands to benefit. According to the Korean Economic Daily
, Apple's component deal with Samsung will bestow upon future iDevices some of the best LCD panels, processors, and flash memory money can buy in the modern digital world.
Korean Economic Daily via Wall Street Journal