Apple Switches Battery Suppliers For MacBook And iPad, Moving Away From Samsung

iPad batteryAccording to a news report by Chinese daily China Business News, Apple has switched to two new battery suppliers for the iPad and the MacBook, moving away from Samsung’s battery producing arm, SDI.

The two battery suppliers, both based in China, Amperex Technology Limited and Tianjin Lishen Battery could be the first wave in Apple dropping Samsung for key parts for its devices. Apple’s deteriorating relationship with Samsung have been rumored ever since the legal battles started. There have been various news reports from various Asian media outlets predicting Apple’s switch to alternate suppliers for displaysCPUs and, in this case, batteries. Many of these reports, however, were later debunked, but that hasn’t stopped speculation that changes are afoot.

As much as the media would like to believe that a legal rift between Apple and Samsung would trickle down to their business relationship, it seems that as of now the effect isn’t as pronounced as feared. In fact, Samsung was said to be taking steps to separate its component business from the smartphone business, reducing the impact of any legal fallout on the company’s contracts with Apple.

Samsung is one of the few companies with large enough facilities to cater to the scale Apple operates on, and a signifcant amount of Samsung’s component business revenues come from Apple. As TechCrunch points out, a relationship collapse initiated from either side would ultimately cause significant short term damage to both companies, and it would take a while for them to recover.

Via: BrightWireTechCrunch

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  • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

    Well, maybe Samsung (the manufacturing arm) and Apple know what they’re doing after all. I have certainly thought all along that Apple suing Samsung would end up biting Apple (rimshot) in the backside. However, it appears the divide between Sammy’s MANY branches really is much wider than I had ever thought possible.

    Reading between the lines here, it almost feels as though these are individual corporations operating COMPLETELY independent of each other, and only sharing the Corporate moniker “Samsung”. Reminds me in a way of Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and other GIANT household goods corporations owning “competing” brands (P&G owns Cascade and Dawn dish washing detergents, Pampers and Luvs diapers, and Gain and Tide laundry detergents, all direct competitors who even air competing ads against each other).

    Hmmmmmm… Maybe this isn’t near as big a deal as I though after all.

    • http://trishussey.com Tris Hussey

      Yes, like up here in Canada, Best Buy also owns Future Shop. So one company controls the two biggest electronics retailers, but they compete head to head …and they share the same building as a head office!

      • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

        Best Buy just kicked its only REAL competitor Circuit City’s ass here in the States. Now they pretty dominate the retail electronics market. LOL

        • http://trishussey.com Tris Hussey

          And they are STILL losing money!

          • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

            Thank Amazon. Maybe not singlehandedly, but Amazon and other online companies that operate at 4-8% profit…