Apple and Samsung might be fighting it out in the courtrooms, but Cupertino is still finding it tough to break up with the South Korean company, a recent report explains.
Almost one year since we noted that Apple was having “a hard time saying goodbye to Samsung as a parts supplier,” the situation seems to be no different. In a report from CNET, the publication explains that Samsung was actually the largest supplier of iPad displays during the first quarter of 2014, according to data from DisplaySearch.
The report notes that during the three-month period, Samsung Display shipped “5.2 million units of 9.7-inch panels with a resolution of 2,048x1,536, accounting for 62 percent of total shipments of that display size and resolution,” and adds:
The displays with those specifications are used by Apple for the iPad Air and iPad with Retina display.
LG Display, also a major display supplier to Apple, saw its share of that display size/resolution plunge to 38 percent in the first quarter from about 61 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The news comes following an article in March which noted that despite previous reports, Samsung would indeed supply a quantity of A8 processors for Apple’s next-generation iOS devices. We’d heard previously that in a bid to move away from Samsung, Cupertino had enlisted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the “sole manufacturer” of the chip, yet it appears that this is no longer the case.
Samsung was recently told by a jury to pay Apple almost $120 million in damages upon the conclusion of their second major patent suit, and though a positive result for Cupertino, the sum is far less than the $2.2 billion Apple had previously sought.
Despite this ongoing dispute, however, it’s indeed clear that Apple is still having a difficult time moving away from Samsung as a parts supplier. It’ll certainly be interesting to see whether the situation changes over the course of the next year.
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