Apple Vs Samsung: There used to be a time when Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung were on good terms. However, this was before the two companies began to fight in court over what seems like everything imaginable.
At this time, Apple continues to search for ways to rely less and less on Samsung as a component supplier. While this is a big change for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and one that is likely to have an impact on Samsung as well, it is only a matter of time until the two companies part ways altogether.
According to AppleInsider, the relationship between the companies has been strained since 2010:
“Apple’s tight business partnership with Samsung became severely strained after the Korean electronics conglomerate initiated efforts to closely duplicate the success of the iPhone 3GS in 2010, followed by Samsung’s subsequent cloning of the iPad and iPod touch under its “Galaxy” brand.”
Even though Apple is still Samsung’s biggest customer, the future does not look bright in terms of a partnership.
Samsung may find itself in an even bigger hole if other companies follow in Apple’s footsteps.
The same AppleInsider piece goes on to explain that Nokia may be next to say goodbye to Samsung:
“Among the companies evaluating their alternatives is Nokia, the world’s second largest phone maker after Samsung. Gartner credits Nokia with selling 85 million phones in Q4 2012, nearly twice the number of iPhones Apple sold (43.5 million) and about 80 percent of the almost 107 million phones Samsung sold.”
Nokia may not have the name recognition as it once did, but as you can see by these statistics the company is still a major competitor in the smartphone market.
If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Nokia both leave Samsung in the dust by finding other component suppliers, it will be interesting to see what the future holds. Who will Apple and Nokia partner with? Will Samsung’s revenue take a huge hit?
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