This is one of those rumors we’ve seen in the past, like the one where Samsung reportedly terminated its supply contract with Apple or the one concerning the alleged 20% price increase the South Korean manufacturer imposed for processors. Today’s rumor refers to batteries and the report comes from China Business News.
It claims that Apple has to turn to its alternative battery manufacturers — Amperex Technology Limited and Tianjin Lishen Battery – for the iPad (and MacBook Air) after Samsung reportedly halts supply. However, previous reports were all debunked and information denies despite the bitterness between the two companies both on the market and inside court rooms across the globe. Furthermore, Tim Cook said on the most recent quarterly call that Samsung is critical supply partner for Apple and will remain so at least for the near future. Considering the status quo and all competition aside (both market and legal), Apple and Samsung both need each other, as TechCruch notes: “Samsung has capacity that Apple can’t find elsewhere, and Apple has a very lucrative contract with Samsung, meaning changing their relationship quickly isn’t easy or beneficial to either”.
If this report is anything like the rest we’ve recently seen, expect a denial really soon.