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  Well, the South Korean gov't let Daewoo, a much larger conglomerate back in late 1990's, go under.  Samsung is also 50+% owned by foreigners. 
They are barely able to keep up with the current demand. Qualcomm recently contracted Samsung b/c of the supply shortage at TSMC.
Why don't you just go all the way and stop buying all devices that contain Samsung components?    Now, let's start with Apple's iDevices with allegedly contains at least 25+% Samsung components (based on BOM). 
  Probably not.   Didn't Qualcomm just contract Samsung for S* chips manufacturing, because of the supply shortage at TSMC?   http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4376633/Qualcomm-signs-UMC-Samsung-for-28-nm-says-report
    Well, Apple should have signed a non-compete agreement before contracting Samsung as their main supplier, as Dell did a decade ago (Samsung manufactured all Dell's h/w and in turn agreed not to market Samsung branded PC/laptops in the US until recently).   You also need to keep in your mind that Samsung has been making mobile phones at least a full decade longer than Apple, or at least going back to early 1990's, (though it wasn't as successful back then), so it's...
  Apple pays $17 for A6 (iPhone 5) and $23 for A6x.  Apple purchased 130+M Ax processors, and 200M this year.   That's about $800M more per year.  
  Well, the vast majority you speak of work at Apple retail stores making pittance in wages.  Apple's engineering teams don't employee tens of thousands of engineers; Jon Ive's own design group employs only a handful of designers (fewer than a dozen, I believe).    Nope, that's a complete red herring.  I don't think too many people here think Apple should bring back low-wage, low-skilled menial jobs back to the US (assembly - well, unless you are one of those pro-union...
  well, because they are not made by Apple?  It's Samsung's made-in-USA chips.  In fact, Samsung's maintained a multi-billion dollar chip manufacturing complex in Austin, Texas for at least two decades now.   It's funny, nobody here thinks Apple should take the blame for Foxconn's labor abuses, yet when it comes to taking credit for employing American workers, or anything made in USA ...   
  time for a tin-foil hat?
  From what I recently read, all of 200+K Samsung employees will receive cash bonus as Samsung expects $25B profit this year.    http://www.inquisitr.com/354318/samsung-reports-7-3-billion-quarterly-profit/ http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20100126000040   Not sure if there is such cash incentive at Apple. 
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