Apple has changed suppliers because Samsung stopped selling them batteries, according to report

Samsung is a major supplier of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch parts and components to Apple. From processors to screens to memory to batteries — Apple is heavily dependent on Samsung (the supplier) to keep Apple products flowing. Because of its ongoing legal disputes with Samsung (the smartphone and tablet maker), Apple has been trying to lessen its dependency on Samsung parts by moving to other suppliers. Indeed, Apple has recently shifted a significant portion of its supply chain away from Samsung and to other companies, such as sourcing more screens from LG than from Samsung. In the case of batteries, however, it seems like Samsung has thrown the first punch by simply refusing to supply Apple.

According to China Business News, Apple has decided to purchase batteries for iPads and Macbooks from two Chinese suppliers (Amperex Technology Limited and Tianjin Lishen Battery) after Samsung stopped selling the batteries to Apple.

It isn’t entirely clear why Samsung has stopped supplying Apple (assuming the report turns out to be true) nor do we know if this is an isolated incident or the beginning of a bigger breakaway between the two tech giants. However, we do know one thing: Apple is so dependent on Samsung because Samsung is one of the few companies that can supply Apple with the quality and quantity it desires, and Samsung makes a whole lot of money by supplying Apple. So legal issues between Apple and Samsung (the mobile device maker) spilling over on the relationship of Apple and Samsung (the supplier) is not a good sign for either company.

[via TechCrunch, image via MacUsersGuide]

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  1. Coyote

    It would be great if this could all be looked at in black and white but big business just does work that way. What Samsung does in it’s LCD portion is tied only by name to the chip makers and them to the batteries, some almost to the point that they could compete with themselves.

    In a perfect world if Samsung were 1 voice. At the hearing for the 3 billion dollar suit Samsung lost in the states. Samsung’s lawyers would have just broken out in maniacal laughter and said “If you want your 3 billion we’ll take it out of the hardware you need from us.”

    I just wonder if Samsung were to shut all their sales/exports to apple how long Apple would last. Seeing them scramble to find anything close would be like watching a Benny Hill skit. Also china is great for making batteries that EXPLODE.

  2. Circle Walker

    geez, I don’t care about all that, but the quality of apple’s products is the biggest question here. Samsung’s batteries (and the entire apples’s portfolio of products) may made in china but they’re not the same quality as made for china (see the different?). Known for cheap knockoffs and bad quality they are.

  3. jayesstee

    So did Samsung say no or did they up the price? Or did Apple say keep your batteries?
    Methinks this whole Apple v. Samsung thing is in fact a multi-dimensional chess game, but we only get an occasional glimpse of some of the moves occurring in a very few of the dimensions!