Samsung and Apple have been at each other's throats for some time now, across the business landscape and in the courtrooms. Despite all this they've been cooperating on certain aspects of their products, one such way being that Apple's iPad and MacBook lines used Samsung batteries. Now however, Apple has switched over to Amperex Technology Limited and Tianjin Lishen Battery, after Samsung halted its supply of power packs.
According to the TechCrunch report this is just one of several moves purported to be in the process at Apple, to further separate the two businesses. We initially heard that the fruity firm was planning to no longer use Samsung displays and that Samsung had jacked up the cost of its processors, but these have both been denied.
Despite the denial though, it's quite clear that the relationship between these two firms is eroding beneath their very feet. It's almost surprising that it's lasted this long, considering both companies have attempted (and sometimes succeeded) in getting the other's products banned in certain countries for patent violations, namely the shape and general look of the tablets and smartphones released in recent years.
KitGuru Says: While it may never be sorted out who came first, Apple or Samsung, it seems likely at this point that neither came up with the famously unique, ‘thin tablet with rounded corners.' I'm sure nobody thought of that first. Nobody.