Apple cuts reliance on Samsung

Apple cuts reliance on Samsung

Despite Apple and Samsung's long-running legal battle over patent infringement, the South Korean firm has continued to make memory chips used in the US firm's mobile devices.

However, the Cupertino giant is looking to reduce its reliance on its greatest rival, particularly since it recently won a high profile case against Samsung.

According to sources, Apple has been cutting orders as it tries to diversify its supply chain, with Japan's Toshiba Corp, Elpida Memory and Korea's SK Hynix to supply DRAM and NAND chips seeing increased orders.

An insider told Reuters: "Samsung is still in the list of initial memory chip suppliers (for new iPhones). But Apple orders have been trending down and Samsung is making up for the reduced order from others, notably Samsung's handset business."

The news came on the day that judge Lucy Koh turned down Apple's request to reschedule the hearing that could see the ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 lifted, which is scheduled for September 20th.