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- Dec 30, 2010
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Despite the "thermonuclear war" that was waged in the courts between Apple and Samsung, the two companies are apparently now joined at the hip again. For years we heard reports of how Apple was trying to distance itself from relying on Samsung in an attempt to engage other suppliers for parts of iPads and iPhones. It seems those days are now over.
The two tech titans have reportedly inked a deal in which Samsung will supply up to 80% of the processors for Apple's iPads and iPhones by the year 2016. This deal will be worth "billions of dollars" to Samsung, although neither company has confirmed this report which comes from The Korea Times.
Here's a quote with more of the details,
"Apple has designated Samsung as the primary supplier of its next A-series chips powering iOS devices from 2016 as the alliance with GlobalFoundries (GF) enabled Samsung to cut off capacity risk," a source familiar with the deal said.
The value of the deal is said to be worth "billions of dollars," according to the sources.
Production of the APs will start early next year at Samsung's local factory in Giheung, Gyeonggi Province, and the volume will grow as Samsung plans to use its facilities in Austin, Texas and the GF-owned factory in New York for increased output, another source said.
The resumption of business with Apple comes a month after the two companies agreed to drop all patent litigation outside the United States.
The mobile world definitely seems to morph and evolve in unexpected ways...