It’s no secret that Apple and Samsung’s relationship has turned sour, which is more than likely due to the ongoing legal battles that both companies are embroiled in. Let’s not forget that Apple even managed to get an injunction against Samsung which temporarily halted the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in both Australia and the EU (although the injunction has been lifted in the EU).
Given all that drama it’s really no surprise that neither company is all that excited about doing business with each other again, which is why there are now reports that Apple is thinking about investing about $1 billion in Sharp so that they will be able to tool up their factories and supply Apple with LCD panels. According to an infographic by The Economist, it seems that out of the $178 worth of components that is required to put together the iPhone 4, $45.68 is what Apple has been paying to Samsung all this while, which is about 25% of the total cost.
So what do you guys think? Is Apple really going to drop Samsung and invest $1 billion into getting Sharp ready to be their new manufacturer of LCD panels? Let’s hope that this will not affect the production of the iPhone 5.
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