Apple and Samsung move from love/hate to hate/hate

Apple reportedly reducing Samsung's role in component manufacturing

Apple seems to be moving to reduce its reliance on Samsung for the manufacture of the A-series processors found in iOS devices, and are possibly planning a move to another company for the production of future chips. While Apple and Samsung have been at odds in the smartphone market, they've remained close partners in manufacturing. The increasing rivalry between the two companies when it comes to the former is cited as the reason for their deteriorating relationship when it comes to the latter. The The Korea Times reports that love-hate might be turning into pure hate.

According to industry sources, Apple has not collaborated with Samsung in the process to develop its A6 microprocessor used in its latest iPhone 5. Samsung has handled the manufacturing of the processors used in previous iPhones and believed to have contributed in their design to some degree.

Apple is still relying on the Korean firm to manufacture its chips but has made it clear it will no longer use its rival’s technology, according to a senior Samsung official.

In addition to several lawsuits, Apple has hired a senior Samsung chip designer away from the company at a crucial time when both companies are intensifying their chip design efforts. The hire further drove the wedge between the two companies. A split makes the most sense for Apple, who undoubtedly loathes using a rival as the manufacurer of the brain of their most important devices and is bringing an increasing amount of chip design in-house. Samsung, on the other hand, stands only to lose the multibillion-dollar Apple contract if and when Apple makes the transition away from Samsung for new chip production.

Source: The Korea Times

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If TSMC can output chips with their 20nm process to match demand, then we have a winner. I think, just like maps, this is a necessary move for Apple. Despite the over-blown bad press iOS maps received, I believe it's a vast overall improvement over Google maps. Continued improvements will make into a solid product.

not sure it's "necessary." moving to away from google that is. I like google stuff. I don't get any better experience. If they eventually do then great but i don't consider things like flyover an upgrade as it's not usefull in real life.

And i care very little about maps but the navigation program is not better then waz a free offereing. it kills your battery in less than 1 hour. Has very few feature of a full navigation client. I get that apple wants it. but as a consumer it's not currently a positive or an upgrade.

I'd say the majority of mainstream iOS users never downloaded a nav app. I've yet to come across any non techies who have. To these users, Maps was it. All they see is improvement in that Maps provides voice turn by turn now.

Agree 100%. The perfect world would be Apple and MSFT battling it out via their respective OS and Google burying Android (may it rest in peace) and focusing on apps that just plainly work on both platforms.

@ 9thWonder re: "less than 1 hour"

Bullsh*t. We've navigated for hours at a time using Maps turn-by-turn, with plenty of battery life left over for all-day use.

I only "really" used the iOS maps app for actual navigation the first time this past weekend. I was blown away by how much better it was than Google maps. I love how you can rotate and tilt the point of view of the map with two fingers and you can use it in landscape or portrait mode. The navigation system worked perfectly. I'm loving it.