Reuters reports that Apple has been cutting back on memory chips orders from Samsung for its mobile devices, seeking to diversify its component supplier list by increasing orders from Toshiba, Elpida, and Micron. The move is said to be a long-term one not specifically tied to the recent court battles between Apple and Samsung.
Apple has been cutting its orders from Samsung as it tries to diversify its lines of supply for memory chips, although the South Korean firm remains on the list of initial suppliers for the new iPhone, the source told Reuters. The person declined to be named because the negotiations are confidential.
The Korea Economic Daily, citing an unnamed industry source, reported on Friday that Apple had dropped Samsung from the list of memory chip suppliers for the first batch of the new iPhone, whose release is widely expected to be announced on September 12.
Digitimes reported nearly identical news almost a year ago, supporting the notion that the move is part of a comprehensive strategy for Apple.
Late last month following the $1 billion verdict against Samsung in a U.S. court case addressing Apple's claims that Samsung had infringed upon its patents and copied its designs, Reuters noted that Samsung was working hard to compartmentalize the dispute by keeping the firm's CEO somewhat out of the loop in order to keep the dispute from spilling over and affecting Samsung's role as a component supplier for Apple and other companies.