Are we looking at an iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 with specs and features that aren’t the work of Samsung?
It’s not exactly a secret that Apple would like to move as far away from Samsung as possible, given the fact that for all intents and purposes the two are sworn enemies. However, despite some of the most lengthy and ultimately pointless courtroom battles in the history of history, Apple has remained largely dependent on Samsung for the creation of various iPhone and iPad parts and components…screen panels being something of a biggie.
Well, word on the street today is that Apple is looking to move the bulk, or perhaps all of its orders over to Samsung’s rival manufacturers including Sharp, Japan Display and LG. If true, the move represents another step in Apple’s efforts to cut ties with Samsung once and for all – something that’s also underway in the Cupertino company’s relationship with Google.
Technically it all makes sense, as there’s not a great deal that’s appealing for Apple when it comes to lining Samsung’s pockets with tens of millions of dollars – particularly when at the same time looking to claim back billions in patent infringement damages. It’s all rather on the messy side.
However, what Apple may have learned from its frankly humiliating Maps App launch last year is that sometimes it’s better to keep things as they are in the name of the greater good, rather than biting the hand that feeds.
What this all means for the rest of us however is frankly nothing at all. Regardless of who supplies the bits and pieces, the iPad Mini 2 release date and the iPad 5 launch are still both destined to take place before the end of Q3 this year and represent Apple’s biggest challenges to date against a growing arsenal of Android powerhouses.
This summer is also destined to bring the launch of the next Google Nexus Tablet, perhaps another Amazon Kindle Fire and maybe even the rumored Microsoft Surface Mini.
Tough times ahead for Apple…they better be careful whose toes they step on.