Samsung memory chips will reportedly not be inside the first shipment of new iPhones thanks to a fight over price, Bloomberg has reported.
The report did not specify how far apart Samsung and the Cupertino-based company were on price. Samsung will apparently still provide the main processors for the iPhone 5.
Analysts who spoke to Bloomberg speculated that the drawn-out patent fight between Apple and Samsung on the mobile side has sullied their relationship when it comes to components. Still, it appears that the companies need each other. Samsung is such a powerhouse that Apple would find it difficult to locate a supplier with as many resources as the Korean manufacturer. Apple, meanwhile, is one of Samsung's largest customers, making up about 9 per cent of its revenue, Bloomberg said.
Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone at a 12 September in San Francisco and release it in the US and a few other countries by 21 September. The device is rumoured to include a larger, 4in screen, a smaller dock connector, and 4G LTE connectivity, among other things.
Recently, LG Display said it had started the production of thinner displays that are rumoured to be included in the new iPhone. LG Display chief Han Sang-beom told journalists that his company had started the mass production of panels that utilise something called in-cell technology. That allows the main display and touch sensors to be included on the same display rather than two separate ones, shrinking the screen's size.
Sang-beom said LG Display encountered "a lot of trial and errors" on in-cell technology with one particular customer. He did not specify, but that customer is likely Apple.
We only have a few more days to wait before finding out what Apple actually has up its sleeve.