It's more like 4.6% last year. Apple's component sales accounts for only $7B of Samsung Electronic's $150B revenue in 2011 - not a fatal hit, especially considering 40%-50% growth in Samsung mobile's revenue/profit.
Samsung has been making mobile devices for at least a full decade longer than Apple and has sizable 3G/LTE patent pools. Samsung wasn't even a major player in the US smartphone market until last year - HTC was. I'm not quite sure how Apple is going to work around this - there is really nobody out there big or reliable to enough to meet Apple's demand.
Well, that's not technically correct - considering that the US too has been artificially devaluing the currency for a while (US dollar index was 120 in 2000, now it's 78). But it's politically much convenient to blame foreigners, immigrants or other marginalized groups for all their economic/social ills.
Oh yeah, let's throw money at Solyndra, First Solar, General Investment Management LLP, and other Obama's energy (eg, ethanol) cronies - that ought to solve all our problems!! What we need is another bubble, a Green Energy bubble to cover up the housing burst! You know, you democrats / libtards can't do no wrong. Yay, politics rule!
Ok, I'm getting a bit tired of your BS. You are now essentially making sh*t up and cherry picking data to support your nonsensical fanboyism. So why cite/compare unconfirmed component contract figure for unfinished fiscal 2012 sales when Apple doesn't give out quarterly breakdown of their component purchase? And why even bother with 2012 when we have complete data for the fiscal year 2011? Let me explain why - your bullsh*t doesn't add up. Nope, you are making...