Last month, we heard that Apple was looking to spread the Asian component supplier love, and ultimately become less dependant on sworn enemy Samsung.
On a similar note, an anonymous Samsung bigwig has said that the South Koreans had nowt to do with the design of the A6 processor found in the iPhone 5.
That’s the story according to The Korea Times, running with the fantastic headline: “Moving from love-hate to hate-hate”.
Historically, Samsung has played a part in the design and manufacture of Apple’s processors, but Team Cupertino supposedly worked on the A6 chip without the wisdom of the South Koreans.
The anonymous “senior” Samsung official says: “Samsung’s agreement with Apple is limited to manufacturing the A6 processors. Apple did all the design and we are just producing the chips on a foundry basis.
“There are three kinds of chip clients. Some want us to handle everything from chip design, architecture and manufacturing. Some want us to just design and manufacture. Some want us to just make the chips. Apple is now the third type.”
The two have somewhat of a strange relationship, with Apple claiming that Samsung has ripped off the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad with its Galaxy range, while remaining one of Sammo’s biggest clients.
Apple was recently awarded $1 billion in damages for software and design infringement, but the battle rages on with skirmishes across several continents.