By Jaime Rivera | September 7, 2012 4:12 AM
The only thing that’s worse than losing a patent lawsuit against Apple, is being the company that builds a ton of the components that make those Apple products possible. Such is the case with Samsung, who not only builds the processors that power each iOS device that sued the company, but also the memory modules.
New reports have Apple reducing its demand of Samsung memory chips with the idea of diversifying their component suppliers with Toshiba, Elpida and Micron. We’re not sure how smart that move is when it comes to the quality of these chips, since it’s well known that the SSD chips of any MacBook Air are faster when built buy Samsung than when built by Toshiba, but I guess Apple knows that already. According to the report:
“Apple has been cutting its orders from Samsung as it tries to diversify its lines of supply for memory chips, although the South Korean firm remains on the list of initial suppliers for the new iPhone, the source told Reuters. The person declined to be named because the negotiations are confidential.
The Korea Economic Daily, citing an unnamed industry source, reported on Friday that Apple had dropped Samsung from the list of memory chip suppliers for the first batch of the new iPhone, whose release is widely expected to be announced on September 12.”
And if you think of it, the news makes a lot of sense. Even if all of us know how great Sammy is at building mobile components, it wouldn’t be smart for Apple to put all their eggs in one basket.