Report Says Samsung Terminated Apple Supply Contract, Samsung Denies
For a moment it appeared that both Apple and Samsung agreed on the fact that the South Korean manufacturer should no longer supply Apple with components. There have been numerous rumors in the past talking about how Apple might turn away from Samsung for its chips but Korea Times reported that Samsung Display was planning on terminating its contract with Apple; consequently the supply of LCD panels and its status as supplier would cease. The report went as far as to quote an anonymous senior industry official who allegedly said Samsung is “unable to supply our flat-screens to Apple with huge price discounts. Samsung has already cut our portion of shipments to Apple and next year we will stop shipping displays”.
Then came the completely opposite, debunking if you will, report. A Samsung spokesperson denied the report and said that the company “has never tried to cut the supply for LCD panels to Apple”. Furthermore, the South Korean manufacturer is asking the Korea Times to make changes to its article and reflect Samsung’s statement and position.
Despite this last denial one thing still stands: Apple is getting less and less displays from Samsung (according to reports, less than three million in Q3 with estimated less than 1.5 million for Q4) and the iPad mini, which is expected to be unveiled today at the special Apple event, is apparently using screens produced by Sharp and LG.