Apple is reportedly reducing its order of memory chips for the iPhone 5 from Samsung, its main supplier and competitor.
A source told Reuters that the decision was based on Apple’s desire to diversify its supplier base rather than as a result of increased tensions between the two companies, who are engaged in a worldwide mobile patent war.
Samsung is a key supplier of components to Apple and provides it with microprocessors, flat screens and both dynamic random access (DRAM) chips and NAND memory chips for its mobile devices.
Samsung sold Apple £3.7 billion worth of NAND chips in 2010 and remains the sole producer of the Apple-designed microchips that power the iPhone and iPad, meaning that neither party is likely to want to jeopardise their relationship.
Last month, an American court ordered Samsung to pay Apple £664 million in damages for infringing the Cupertino-based company’s mobile design and software patents. Apple is seeking a ban on eight Samsung mobile devices and has widened its lawsuit to include newer products like the recently-launched Samsung Galaxy S III.
Apple has all but confirmed that it is going to announce the iPhone 5 next week after it began sending out invitations to a press event in San Francisco on 12 September. It is expected to feature a larger screen, support for 4G networks and Near Field Communication.
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