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10-23-2012, 01:52 AM #1
Samsung Denies the Termination of LCD Contract with Apple
A Samsung spokesman recently refuted a report by The Korea Times that claimed the company would no longer be producing LCD screens for Apple products starting in 2013. According to the folks at CNET, the spokesman said the report was “100 percent false,” noting that Samsung has requested the publication to revise its story. The spokesman said that “Samsung Display has never tried to cut the supply for LCD panels to Apple.”
The initial report gained traction as Apple has recently been slowly weaning off Samsung-sourced components, as evidenced by the cutting of NAND flash orders bound for the first batch of iPhone 5 shipments. Samsung supplied Apple with 15 million LCDs in the first six months of 2012, reportedly only shipping about 3 million LCDs to Apple in the third quarter and is currently expected to drop that number down further to 1.5 million in the fourth quarter.
Previously, Samsung was the only company able to produce the high resolution Retina displays Apple uses for its third-generation iPad, but LG and Sharp both ended up joining the supply chain months later. As of right now, Apple is expected to debut the “iPad mini” at a special event with reports pointing to LG and AU Optronics being the main providers of these panels.
10-23-2012, 06:38 AM #2
Will be just deserts if Samsung DID quit supplying the displays. This would be on top of the recent information that is being reported on Engadget:
USPTO has 'tentatively' invalidated Apple's key rubber-banding patent
By Steve Dent posted Oct 23rd 2012 6:57AM
The US Patent and Trademark Office may have just thrown a wrench into Apple's recent courtroom triumph over Samsung by invalidating one of the patents at the heart of the victory: rubber-banding. We noted at the time that Apple hit a "home run" with that particular IP, as jurors declared that all 21 disputed Samsung devices infringed it, no doubt resulting in a large part of the $1 billion (and counting) owed by the Korean maker. "Claim 19" of patent 7469381, which covers that feature, was invalidated by the USPTO on two counts, both of which were cases of prior art that allegedly existed before Cupertino claimed them. Either one could be enough reason to throw out that part of the patent, according to FOSS Patents, provided that the USPTO's ruling stands up. Either way, Samsung has already brought the new information to Judge Koh's attention -- which might bring about some new action very soon.
Looks like the USPTO may have finally gotten some common sense. Maybe we will start seeing a little better review of patent applications of this type.
10-23-2012, 06:46 AM #3
How hard will it really be for apple to just buy out another company that develops LCD, after all there line of products is so big they wold probably benefit more with another company than Samsung.
10-23-2012, 07:30 AM #4
10-23-2012, 08:10 AM #5
I love this article because people think apple relies on Samsung or that Samsung has the power to let apple go.. Well it's the contrary Samsung needs apple a lot more, sure they both need eachother somewhat but apple is one of their biggest clients. Just think how many displays Samsung makes 1 for every iPhone iPod and iPad. That's billions
10-23-2012, 10:56 AM #6
I wonder the same. Many large companies outsource components of the final product. Once article stated that Apple designed the A6 chip and another company was just producing it(design was all Apple) Maybe Apple wants to concentrate on what its good at..making BILLIONS.
10-23-2012, 11:38 AM #7
Is Apple not capable of designing their own display?
10-23-2012, 11:43 AM #8
2 things I gather from this.
1) Samsung is smarter than its customer base, or atleast the ones that actually believe that business should be personal and spiteful when there are billions on the line lol
2) The facts still remains that the Samsung's supply to Apple is decreasing. Which in the spirit of competition is a good thing. More companies getting screen contacts breeds better competition and hopefully a higher standard for smartphones, tablets etc across the board.
10-23-2012, 04:16 PM #9