Samsung to Cease Providing LCD Panels to Apple in 2013

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Korea Times reports that the deteriorating relationship between Apple and Samsung that has seen the two companies reducing their component supply deals is now extending to LCD panels, with Samsung reportedly ending supplies of the panels to Apple next year.
    The report claims that Samsung shipped approximately 15 million LCD panels to Apple in the first half of 2012, with the pace falling to 3 million panels in the third quarter and expected to drop to 1.5 million in the fourth quarter as Apple has shifted to other suppliers.

    Samsung is reportedly not involved in LCD production for the "iPad mini", with LG Display and AU Optronics said to be handling component production. And with Apple reportedly cutting back on memory orders from Samsung and now designing its own A-series chips while using Samsung simply as a contract foundry, it seems clear that Apple is steadily reducing its reliance on Samsung as the two companies have continued to face off both in the marketplace and in courtrooms around the world.

    Article Link: Samsung to Cease Providing LCD Panels to Apple in 2013
  2. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    it's called cutting your nose off to spite your face
  3. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    In the end this is probably hurting Samsung more than Apple
  4. brock2621 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
    Good news. Keep it up! I'm sure this hammers Damsung profit margins.

    15 million to 0 in 12 months...
  5. PackFan macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2009
    Twin Cities, MN
    Not good - considering that the LG retina Macbook Pro displays have serious image retention problems - while the Samsung ones do not...
  6. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    Agreed. Seems like business is getting personal. Don't know that's a good idea.

    Think they should just make great products and source necessary components from best supplier.
  7. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  8. simonb76 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
  9. Tingler macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2012
    This was going to happen sooner or later. I doubt that anyone is really surprised by this.
  10. MetalRCG macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    Winter Springs, FL
    I was gonna say, aren't Samsung displays superior to LG's? Not sure I like this move considering I'm planning on buying the new iMac.
  11. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Most people probably don't realize that this hurts Apple more than Samsung. Bad business move by Apple.
  12. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Thank goodness I got my rMBP with a Samsung SSD and LCD. Good luck with those slow-with-FileVault/compressed files toshiba ssds and image retention lg screens.
  13. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    This is a consequence of Samsung having business divisions. Samsung mobile compete with Apple, yet the Samsung component arm works with them. If they were one, the component side would be able to influence the mobile side to play fair. Then both companies would benefit, but especially Samsung.
  14. YaocH macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2012
    Oh come on, you all know that Samsung makes great displays. Those LG retina displays being churned out for the 15" rMBP have image retention issues whereas those made by Samsung do not.

    Doesn't hurt Apple?? Seriously??
  15. Nickraphael macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011
    Get ready for more apple product recalls in the future
  16. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    This is going to hurt both Apple and Samsung, unless Apple can find a better display manufacturer! Samsung is great at display and memory/storage. Leaving them was like leaving Google Maps without having a superior product/manufacturer ready to replace.

    Ugh, the both of you kids need to grow up and play well together!
  17. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    I'm sure the CEO's of LG and Sharp will be rubbing their hands together at this news.
  18. iGrip macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    If this will allow Apple to increase their profit margins, I'm totally in favor of it!
  19. dlmart2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    I'm sure Apple will purchased their next supplier of LCD's to prevent another company from affecting their ecosystem.
  20. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    "Walmart" and generic brands.

    (AU = Acer + another 'wha?' company called Unipac Optoelectronics Corporation)
  21. the read macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2009
    This is not good news for Apple. Samsung create great technology and are leaders in the market when creating core stable technology, unlike many of their competitors. LG are a cheap alternative and a company that has only ever followed.

    Apple need to learn how to work with other companies. They have too many enemies and cannot do it all themselves. Apples history has proven this many times over.
  22. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    prob not the best move for consumers but I dont think anyone is suprised by this.
  23. MacinDoc macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    If Apple avoids using Samsung merely because of the IP cold war between the two companies, then it certainly hurts Apple. Having fewer component manufacturers to negotiate with reduces Apple's bargaining power, may increase component supply costs, and could limit Apple's access to the best available components. I, for one, hope that this is not true.

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