Originally Posted by thompr
So you seem to agree with me that both companies need one another for the time being, but you suggest that since Apple does things their own way, they may just do something illogical and cut ties with Samsung without regard for the consequences. Do I understand you correctly?
Note that this is significantly different from your original assertion, i.e. that neither company needs the other. I think that I have proven your original point wrong, and now I stand prepared to debate your new point.
In essence, Apple will still be Apple regardless of what happens. That entity stays the same. But the mess that would result would be enormous. I think the cost for Apple themselves would go up. Samsung would be affected, but I don't think nearly as much as they do make several products for differnet companies. Its a partnership that has to stay for the time being.
We have already witnessed legal messes when companies drift apart. Heck, look at what happened to Rare when Nintendo sold them to Micosoft. So many games can't have a sequel made just because Nintendo holds the orignal liscence.
I would picture the iPhone 4 would be dropped off if this happend. I don't want to even know the implications of this. Not to mentioned the new company making the chips on a large scale (Texas Instruments maybe?) could have some issues.
I'm keeping my orginal statement. The two don't need each other. If they decide to destory themselves, it's capitalism and are free to do so. But it's like having to pay for a patent....you don't like it but you have to to survive.
Half of the people here think Apple is going to do so well without any company (Siri will overtake google, Apple gets rid of Samsung for life). Ironically, I'm trying to sound less pro Android/Samung but apparently I'm sound more Appely. That's not the case. They don't need to each other. Just like Apple could close their stores down for an entire month. HOWEVER, a big mess is going to be made that they can't recover.
Also, Apple needs to be careful. Most of it's history it hasn't been as consistently successful like Microsoft (Apple has only been releveant in the last 10 years). Don't bit the hands that feed ya.