Apple-Samsung Battle To Supplier Shakeup

Reuters, Monday, July 11, 2011 11:13 AM
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An intensifying quarrel between Samsung and Apple is triggering expectations that some of the pairs' $5 billion-plus relationship may be up for grabs. With the electronics titans squaring off over smartphones and tablets patents, any worsening in their supply relationship could mean more business for Toshiba Corp, Micron, Hynix Semiconductor, Intel and TSMC.

Samsung makes parts central to Apple's mobile devices, but Apple in April accused the "They have become more competitors and less partners and so I think Apple will definitely not be looking to Samsung as its go-to partner-of-choice for NAND flash," said Brian Marshall, an analyst with Gleacher & Co. He expects Apple to source its future mobile processors from other companies than Samsung. Supplying major parts for Apple's iPads and iPhones would be a hugely lucrative coup for any company.

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