Starting next year, Samsung will no longer supply LCD screens to Apple, as the rift between the rival technology companies continues to widen.
Samsung announced on Monday that it would terminate the existing contract with Apple and will no longer ship liquid crystal display panels, ending a longtime partnership between the two companies, The Korea Times reported on Monday. Citing an unnamed Samsung official, the report revealed that Samsung has already cut its portion of shipments to Apple, and beginning in 2013 it will stop shipping LCDs to Apple entirely.
Samsung's apparent plans to cease shipping LCD screens to Apple comes soon after a rumor indicated that Apple has become more "serious" about moving chip production away from Samsung. The custom chips found in Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are built by Samsung in Texas, but Apple plans to move production away from Samsung, potentially handing chipmaking responsibilities over to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
It's just as well, Samsung have a huge conflict of interest. No way Samsung could avoid copying Apple's designs before Apple even delivers a new product.
Obviously Apple was already removing component production away from Samsung.
I'm sure other Apple suppliers are happy and may even come out with components better than Samsung's.