Apple and Samsung have an incredibly strange relationship. While the two continue to sue the pants off of each other (the Californians were recently awarded $1 billion in, uhm, California), Apple remains one of Samsung’s biggest clients, with the latter providing loads of iPhone parts.
However, with the imminent iPhone 5, we’re hearing that Apple is somewhat less reliant on its South Korean friend/foe.
That’s the good word according to Reuters, which credits “a source with direct knowledge of the matter”.
John/Janet Source says: “Samsung is still in the list of initial memory chip suppliers (for new iPhones). But Apple orders have been trending down and Samsung is making up for the reduced order from others, notably Samsung's handset business.”
However, he/she adds that it’s not a symptom of Apple and Samsung’s strained relationship. Apparently Apple has been shopping around for a while, and ultimately aims to widen its supply chain.
The iPhone 5 launch is set for September 12 (Wednesday), and it’s expected to arrive with a 4in 16:9 display, and, er, a smaller dock connector. Roll on Wednesday night, baby!